Posted by: notdeaddinosaur | April 18, 2014

Artful Dodge

Saw a 56-year-old woman the other day.

“Have you had your colonoscopy?” I asked.

“No,” she said. “I know I was supposed to get that at 50, but I didn’t. You’re supposed to get them every ten years, right? I guess I’ll just wait until I’m 60.”

Nice try, honey.



  1. If she goes now, she might could wind up having only two. You age out at 70 if everything is normal. I’m done unless I have a problem….😁


  2. So, let me see if I have this right. She pays extra to see you as her physician and then won’t do what you ask. What exactly is the point of that?

  3. Lisa – it’s still her body. Doctors make recommendations, but people still have a right to decide. I do believe colonoscopies save lives, and I’ve had mine, but screening is a personal choice. It’s not obligation, it’s not something responsible people do – it’s personal choice. The probability of an individual benefit is actually quite low (google NNS for colonoscopy), and there are risks. It’s perfectly reasonable to decline a screening test or for that matter preventive drugs.
    Incidentally, not that long ago doctors recommended HRT for all post menopausal women. So if a woman decline HRT back then, you’d ask what was the point of the woman seeing the doctor?

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