Some recent research out of the US has demonstrated that men are much less likely to have visited the Doctor in the previous 12 months and that when they do they are a lot more likely to end up in hospital with preventable diseases and illnesses. What this means is that many men are ignoring the opportunity to practice preventative health. We rarely miss a car service or oil change. That would be plain dumb because the car might just not go or at worse fail catastrophically. Get the picture guys?
There is a great free medical site from the Agency for Health care research and Quality for reminding the father in the family – or any male – to undergo a health screen. It is www.dadtothedoc.org I have tried it and recommend it to all. Of course if you want to know what everyone in the family should be doing in this year of there life for health screening simply subscribe to edoc.net
Here at eDoc.net we review the major health organisation recommendations and those of the specific groups (eg Diabetes foundation) and determine what is a practical guide that is specific to you. The scientific base to each recommendation is essential. Some screening tests are not reliable enough to be recommended – false positive results can lead to unnecessary procedures and anxiety. There needs to be a benefit to you as well as not too high a risk of a problem from false tests. It is one of the problems in medicine that if you do enough tests you will always find something wrong – but it may just be a statistal chance of being outside the norm, or simply irrelevant to what the test was done in the first place. One of the golden rules we follow is ‘Only do a screening test that you will act apon if positive’
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