Last year during a routine check-up, my new doctor found a lump in my right breast and referred me to the mammography department of her clinic for follow-up diagnostic testing. It took me weeks of persistent calls to book my appointment, and when I showed up I was sent home without a mammogram because the referral wasn’t logged in their electronic records. I played phone tag with my doctor for another few weeks before the referral was recorded, and I had to begin the process of booking a mammogram all over again. The results were benign, but I was instructed to come back in six months to check on the lump.
Cancer screening saves lives. And people are more likely to get screened if their doctor recommends it. That’s why Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana and The Louisiana Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (LCCRT) recently recognized 22 Quality Blue Primary Care primary care doctors who screened 80% or more of their eligible patients for colorectal cancer between September 1, 2016 and September 1, 2017.
I recently had a bad dream where I was being chased by some obviously bad dudes and woke up in a cold sweat right before they were going to shoot me.
And though I know I’m much more likely to be shot in the United States than just about everywhere else in the world (a discussion for another time and place), less than 4% of U.S. deaths are caused by firearms. Overwhelmingly what kills us – and what we really need to be afraid of – is ourselves.