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I spend a lot of time trying to convince my patients to get screened for colorectal cancer. Somehow pap smears , mammograms, blood tests, urine tests and yes the occasional CT or even MRI scan seem doable and require little preparation (at least physiologically). But at the mention of a colonoscopy there is a reticence…

Several times a week I receive a message from my nurse: “Ms.… called and is upset; she was informed by the mammogram center that she should return for additional views and an ultrasound”. Often the message goes on to say “She wants to know if she should go off her hormones?” I can give my…

“I had surgery for an ovarian cyst”… a not uncommon statement in the medical histories I get from patients. This is usually followed by the exclamation: “Thank goodness it was benign!” The question is how many of these women underwent unnecessary surgery for something that was benign? Most cysts in young women (we’re talking reproductive…

We rely on images to look into the presence or absence of disease. There are x-rays, ultrasounds, CT and MRI scans proffered by highly trained radiologists and technicians. But as they “see” into our bodies and render their official reports, their relevance has to be properly interpreted by the clinician and understood by the patient….

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