How Medical Screening Turns Healthy People into Patients Alan Cassels at TEDxVictoria

How Medical Screening Turns Healthy People into Patients.  Alan Cassels at TEDxVictoria A drug policy researcher for the University of Victoria, Alan Cassels is a known for having a knack for finding and describing the chasm between what the market says and what science does in modern healthcare. Over the past two decades Cassels has spent much of his research energy studying clinical research and the marketing tactics of the pharmaceutical industry, turning some of that research into journalism and books, including an international best-seller.

 

Jackie Trusted Her Instincts

After finding a lump in her breast at the age of 28, Jackie Roth knew it was more than a cyst. Trusting her instincts and knowing her body, the young woman persisted to get treatment and overcome breast cancer.

In March 2010 everything changed for Jackie.

She was getting ready for her final push to complete her PhD in genetics when she found a lump in her breast. She was just 28 and was told it was just a cyst and would go away. Even then – in the back of her mind – she thought maybe it was more than a cyst.

She had no real family history of breast cancer. Her grandmother was diagnosed when she was 78 and was treated with radiation. She is now cancer free and doing well at the age of 90. Jackie’s mother had been diagnosed with advanced colon cancer at 48, so Jackie was more concerned about her chances of getting colorectal cancer.

And it’s not like she was unaware of the issues; the area she was researching for her PhD was breast cancer.

When the lump didn’t go away, Jackie went to her obstetrician-gynecologist and was quickly sent to the Jefferson-Honickman Breast Imaging Center to check [...] continue the story