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.

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  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….😁

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  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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