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User Info Ready To Rise Up Yet? Medicine Is KILLING You.; entered at 2019-05-14 13:34:37
Tickerguy
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Registered: 2007-06-26
Yep -- non-invasive tests can only cost you money and most of them don't cost very much money. You have to watch out for the false-positive rate on them (and what a false positive will lead to) but that's their biggest concern.

Any invasive test, on the other hand, not only has a false positive rate to worry about but also has a direct injury rate and direct injury impact (what happens IF there is a direct injury.) In the case of colonoscopy the direct injury impact is typically between large (bleeding and/or moderate infection, both of which require medical intervention several times more expensive and debilitating than the test itself) and catastrophic (severe systemic infection or puncture of the colon; extraordinarily expensive, severely debilitating and potentially fatal.)
2019-05-14 13:34:37