Health Screenings And Tests You Don’t Need – AARP

Our perceptions of quality health care are long-held and hard to change which is understandable given we often are presented with conflicting information. Sometimes these perceptions are reinforced by our physicians. I have read that changes in standard medical practice can take up to ten years to work through the system; that’s encouraging 😟

There are a few “truths”that need to be examined. More health care is not always better health care. Expensive health care is not an indicator of high quality and loading our bodies with prescription drugs is not necessarily the best option.

If you don’t believe me, ask your doctor😷

As we age, certain health screenings and medical tests become less necessary while others increase in importance. Find out which to skip and which to opt for.

If you’re over 70, regular screening tests — especially when it comes to cancer — may be a big waste of time, say a growing number of health experts worried about the overtesting of those who are in their 70s, 80s and even older.

These experts’ concern is that unnecessary screenings could lead to invasive procedures or treatments that leave patients worse off than before, especially among those with serious health problems such as heart disease.

Source: Health Screenings And Tests You Don’t Need – AARP


  1. With medical care, it is very hard to know what to do. If you trust your doctor you will follow their advice, if not you should be seeing another doctor. I am not one who wants a lot of tests to prevent lawsuits, however I am sure most are ordered out of caution versus medical need.

    I also don’t see the point of getting a heart valve replacement at age 78. That surgery gave 4 months of extra life to a relative and only two months outside of a hospital bed. Was it given only because Medicare was going to pay? Was the doctor afraid of being sue if he did not offer up the option of heart surgery? Did the patient demand whatever it takes to live forever? It was not my choice and I cannot say that with a new heart valve maybe he would have lived to be 100.

    I was seeing an old-school doctor and he asked me how many tall old people did I know in their 80s and 90s? I answered none. It’s all little old ladies in their late 80s or 90s. I’m 6’3” and my brother is 6’6”. This old-school doctor truly understood the percentages and practiced with that in mind versus worrying about being sued. He could be wrong. My brother and I might be the exception and live to be 100. But at least, I already know that the odds are against me and I don’t want to be a pincushion so that I can live be 100.

    I do have one unrealistic expectation for my medical care. I want to live just long enough to collect at least one social security check and I should make that by 5 years unless they expand social security, but that belongs in another post.


      1. Here is another perspective. Commercials on TV from drug companies and cancer hospitals try to convince you that every cancer is treatable no matter what the cost and for selfish reasons you must live forever.

        Lawyer’s commercials have you believing that no drug is safe and you “deserve compensation”.

        Now lawyers do provide a service to help get rid of bad doctors and bad drugs, but right now on TV there are ads for a class action lawsuit against a cancer chemo drug that caused permanent hair loss.

        I do not know of any cancer treatments, chemo or radiation, that does not cause hair loss. Maybe this drug claimed that hair loss was not a side effect, I do not know. However, if you are alive to sue because you beat cancer, what in the world are you suing for? Hair? The other choice is if the drug becomes unavailable because it is too expensive due to lawsuits is death, at which point the choice between combing your hair or picking out a wig no longer matters.

        Maybe we do not need to live forever, just comfortable into old age without all the tests and treatments. I stress old age here, not some 20 or 30 year old person.


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