I could write about different screening test controversies every day and not get caught up (but, indeed, may have a screening-post-of-the-day every day this week).
Alan Cassels, a drug policy researcher and author at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and publisher of the Media Doctor Canada website (sibling to our HealthNewsReview.org site), has published a column in the November issue of Common Ground magazine under the headline, “Screening for Alzheimer’s: What good can it do?“
“…the drive to ‘screen’ people for Alzheimer’s is not being seriously questioned in the medical community because most people believe strongly in the “test early, test often” paradigm. That paradigm is not working out with mammography and prostate cancer screening and the question we should be asking is “Why should we expect anything different with Alzheimer’s?”
It’s a thoughtful analysis of the “test early, test often” message that dominates many screening messages. I encourage you to read the full column.