“You Are Pre-diseased” on “Ideas” on CBC Radio One

Tonight on “Ideas“, the topic was cancer, testing and screening, diagnosis, and prognosis.

“Why wait until you are diagnosed with cancer, if you can hunt it down before it could kill you? Why not get a simple high tech CT scan to see if you are harbouring signs of pre-disease in your heart, your lungs, your breasts or your bowels? Those are the questions that dog Health Researcher Alan Cassels as he voyages inside the world of cancer screening, taking him from his own doctor’s office to the world’s biggest medical meeting”.

“Recently The New York Times reported an epidemic of medical diagnoses brought about by the exploding use of new technologies and an energetic approach that seeks out any medical abnormality. We can now find ourselves diagnosed with ‘pre-diabetes,’ ‘pre-hypertension’ or even ‘pre-cancer,’ leading to a cascade of further investigations and preventive treatments. Alan Cassels, a drug policy researcher at the University of Victoria, investigates the ongoing “medicalization” of everyday life.”

Typically, the very program I am interested in hearing in its entirely because I missed the beginning and end is not being podcast.

However, part two can be heard next week and (surprisingly, since nothing I have really wanted to hear ever is) it is available on CD from the CBC shop.

Another favorite show on CBC Radio One over the past two years was “White Coat, Black Art”.

“Dr. Brian Goldman takes listeners through the swinging doors of hospitals and doctors’ offices, behind the curtain where the gurney lies. It’s a biting, original and provocative show that will demystify the world of medicine. The show explores the tension between hope and reality: between what patients want, and what doctors can deliver. Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals will explain how the system works, and why, with a refreshing and unprecedented level of honesty.”

Sadly, the last program aired December 29. However, podcasts are still available on the CBC website.

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