Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dr. McDougall: No to Mammograms and No to the PSA Test

Dr. McDougall, in his most recent newsletter, reviews Mammography Screening: Truth, Lies and Controversy [Paperback] By Peter C. Gotzsche, MD.  Dr. Gotzshe is "a Danish medical researcher, and leader of the Nordic Cochrane Center at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has written numerous reviews within the Cochrane collaboration, which is considered by most doctors as the most unbiased source of medical reviews."

This book is very technical and will mostly appeal to readers interested in a detailed story of flawed science and crooked researchers. The evidence will sway most doctors, causing them to stop harping on you to get a mammogram. You might expect medical doctors to act more ethically than the rest of us humans, especially when it comes to something as personal as the female breast. But they don’t and won’t until forced to by work[s] such as Dr. Gotzsche’s new book. 

Dr. McDougall compares the mammogram test to screening for prostate cancer with the PSA test, which he says has "fallen into disrepute."

I posted on the latest Nordic Cochrane study recently.

When I visited my oncologist recently for my annual check-up, we got into a discussion about prostate cancer.  He caught my doubt about the treatment regimes and I got a long story about how a colleague of his had the DaVinci surgery by Dr. Patel in Orlando, that the cancer turned out to be the dangerous kind, and his colleague is fine now and glad he had it done.

I told him about my friend who had the surgery recently and is definitely not happy about the side effects.  During the 45 years I have known him, my friend had a consistently positive, highly motivated way about him.  That was gone, and it was shocking.

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