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If Scans Can Early Detect Cancer Why R We Not Doing Them Often Enough?

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If Scans Can Early Detect Cancer Why R We Not Doing Them Often Enough?

Postby Ansgar » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:40 am

i mean e.g. ultrasound and MRI scans that r harmless, and can detect cancer early before it is too late to cure it (some cancer types develop within 3 months rather then 3 years e.g. thyroid anaplastic cancer, etc . why r we not doing them say each 2-3 months to be on safe side? is it due to costs or pure stupidity? better be safe then sorry no?
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Postby Trenten » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:41 am

Because the tests are expensive and insurance companies are more interested in making money than saving lives.
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Postby Llundein » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:43 am

Think about if every person in America did this. Even if it was only once a year, the costs in money and in the burden added to doctors who could be working on legitimately sick people would be astronomical! Trust me, they already have enough work to do with the people in emergency situations, let's not make their jobs a billion times harder just so we can all "play it safe."
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Postby justin » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:46 am

I have had cancer twice and I'm told I have decent insurance and I have gotten 2 CTs a year, 1 MRI every 2 years, and a Pet scan every 3 years. Nearly everytime my dr wants a PET insurance denies and says I can get an MRI or when he asks for an MRI my insurance denies and says I can get a CT so he has started asking for a PET when he wants an MRI lol. It's all about the money, money, money.
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Postby Humility » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:49 am

that's a very good question and i think ultimately no body thinks it can happen to them. especially if they think they are taking care of their bodies and are eating right.being lazy has a part in to.well my mother got breast cancer 8 years ago and who would have thought? so now all of us 3 girls get our mammos faithfully and have our skin checked. let me tell you it was a good thing,i had melanoma on my left shoulder. it can happen to anyone!being lazy can kill you.
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Postby Leane » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:50 am

The reason is because scans can only be used when you know the LOCATION of a suspected cancer. Just a random scan would offer very little information for a healthy patient. The only benefit might be that if a baseline scan was obtained for future references. It might be useful to know what a persons body looked like when it was healthy. At this point scans rarely detect small or microscopic disease . . and often require multiple scans and valuable radiology readings just to locate a malignancy. The body is a big place where tiny malignant tumors and cells can hide behind organs or in them . . they can be missed easily or misinterpreted (there are other things in the body that are not cancerous but come and go and dissolve without inteference). Scans are not infaliable . . they miss disease . . sometimes all of them . . my son had a 4cm tumor hiding in his pelvis that the CT, PET, and MRI totally missed . . it took an endoscopic ultrasound and physical examination to locate it. That is why scans are not offered to the general public for 'early detection' . . the scans are not reliable enough . . they don't pick up small disease . . they can miss tumors hiding behind organs and structures for months at a time . . and since cancer is a progressive disease . . well . . you can have a scan done in January and no cancer is detected, but by March you can be filled with cancer . . that is how quickly some cancers will grow. The reasons for not offering this has nothing to do with stupidity and if it were effective it would be offered despite the logistics and costs. Until they develop a diagnositc tool that actually is 100 percent reliable . . there is little sense in offering this tool to a healthy public. There is little chance that these scans will 'find' a small cancer . . and by the time it does find cancer . . than it is already advanced enough to see.
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Postby barrymore » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:55 am

because of all the money involved! think about it, the mri tech, the doctors, the pharmicutical co., the patient, the insurance man, the cancer treatment center, it's all about the money & yes u r right
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Postby Seosamh » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:57 am

i think it's a great idea.many people just don't think of it. i guess there are people who do get them often to detect cancer early. i don't know if it's expensive or not but i think it's a great idea especially to those where cancer runs in your family and those who have had cancer in the past.
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Postby Devoss » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:58 am

I think the trouble is that every single thing that need more than paracetamol send to hospital. What actually GP doing? Sending people in 2 directions: back home or to the hospital. OK, by now hospitals are overloaded with lots of cases that could be treated on the GP site (if you think about how much money GP costs they definitely could do that) 2-3 specialists in GP could help enormously.


My good friend passed away last year at the age of 28 years because when he got to the hospital it was too late...
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Postby MacAdhamh » Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:01 am

They'd rather spend money on killing people with bombs. Sad, but true. America alone spends enough on arms every two weeks to feed, clothe, house and medicate the entire third world for a whole year. Now add Europe and the rest of the world's arms spending and you'll probably vomit at the idea that we could have solved pretty much every disease by now if it weren't for these paranoid psychos running everything good into the ground. Spread the word and spread some love. It's our best move to getting things changed.
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