It makes no sense at all that a colonoscopy is preventive care. A colonoscopy doesnt prevent anything, except a good nights sleep and a pleasant day afterward: it is solely a diagnostic procedure. Either the view shows nothing, or it shows something that requires medical action, such as polyps or a tumor.
I'm cool with calling colonoscopies in asymptomatic patients "preventative". But if they find something and remove it, that's something else.
posted on 12/28/2011 5:15:28 AM PST
by Mr. Bird
To: Mr. Bird
I'm cool with calling colonoscopies in asymptomatic patients "preventative".
That's fine, but it's still inaccurate. A colonoscopy is looking for something wrong. That's diagnosis, by definition, even if it diagnoses nothing wrong at the present time.
A high-fiber diet is "preventative" for colon cancer, to some extent. Quitting smoking and getting more exercise are "preventative," reducing the risk of many types of cancer. Colonoscopies, x-rays, and other "Is there a cancer?" procedures are diagnostic.
posted on 12/28/2011 5:21:40 AM PST
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