Health-conscious Americans are constantly urged to be vigilant about going in for screening for diseases ranging from prostate cancer to depression to osteoporosis. How helpful is this type of screening? Our guest argues that not all screening should be considered prevention, and suggests that some of this screening is making us sick.
Guest: H. Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH, is Professor of Medicine and Community and Family Medicine and Co-director of the VA Outcomes Group at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.
Dr. Welch is the author of Should I Be Tested for Cancer?: Maybe Not and Here’s Why, and Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health ( with Dr. Lisa Schwartz and Dr. Steven Woloshin).
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