The latest craze in preventative medicine is a whole-body scan, which subjects you to vast amounts of radiation, with no clear benefit over safer techniques like thermal imaging.
BREAST EXAMINATION: It doesn’t make any difference
Best practice dictates that a patient aged over 50 with long-standing problems of gastric reflux should have an endoscopy - but a recent study has concluded that it’s yet another routine screening programme that has no benefit to the patient.
BUT IS IT SAFE? Routine procedures may not be best procedures
SCREENING: No, it doesn’t save lives
CAESAREANS: Usually unnecessary, and they raise the risk of a stillbi
SCREENING: What takes 10,000 women up to 35 years to achieve?
If you’re a woman, your GP or gynaecologist undoubtedly press-gangs you into having a Pap smear test periodically to screen against cervical cancer.
In these tests, named after Dr George Papanicolaou, who developed it in 1941,