March may be colon cancer prevention month, but we wanted to start 2011 off right by talking about how you can prevent colon cancer in your loved ones. Join me and Dr. Carol Burke, a gastroenterologist at the Cleveland Clinic, and the author of "Colonoscopy for Dummies," which is available free at this link!
Call us with all of your colonoscopy questions at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
One problem with colonoscopy is that its rather invasive: a lot of people don't even want blood tests. What if you could get important clinical information from your saliva? Join me and Penn State Psychoneuroendocrinologist (how would you say that on Twitter?) Dr. Douglas Granger as we talk about his research on using saliva in a variety of laboratory measurements. I am extremely fascinated by his recent study on measuring cortisol levels during times of stress.
Wondering if you can avoid a blood test? Call us with your saliva testing questions at 1-877-NYU-DOCS.
One of the big issues with prevention is whether we diagnose things too early. An example: if you diagnose someone elderly with prostate cancer early, there is an excellent chance that something else will kill them long before the cancer ever becomes even symptomatic. Much of what we do as physicians is try to prevent: with cholesterol and hypertension medicines, with blood tests like the PSA and with mammograms and colonoscopies. Are we going to far? My next guest thinks we have: join me and Dartmouth Internist and Professor of Medicine Dr. H. Gilbert Welch as we talk about his new book: "Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health." How much do physicians overdo it, and are people willing to give up the things they think will help them?
If you think you're getting tests you don't need call us at 877-NYU-DOCS! If you think that tests, even with minimal benefit, are a good idea, call us at 1-877-NYU-DOCS!
We'll end the show with Ask Dr. Ira, where you can ask me any questions on any medical topic you might have, and I will be happy to answer your questions...anything you forgot to ask your doctor, ask me! We'll be joined by special guest pediatrician Doctor Tanya R. Altmann.
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