My life as a Malaysian doctor in the United States.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
I'm pissed. Just got a copy of mom/dad's routine blood test results. Which included a whole bunch of crap tests. This prompted me to check out this company's website which promoted certain tests. Kinda the stuff I was complaining about in my earlier blog.
Total BS man. I'm disgusted. Hence, wrote a nasty email to them (which undoubtedly would be ignored):
My parents recently sent me their lab test results. I must say I'm shocked by the types of tests that were done as part of their general screening tests. You list on your website too the types of tests that are usually done, including the cancer markers. The tests that your perform, including the CEA, CA199, AFP are NOT recommended cancer screening tests and are not sanctioned by the many professional medical bodies internationally. I am certain that you know the limits of the sensitivities and specificities of these tests, and any falsely abnormal result may lead to invasive testing. Invasive testing like transrectal prostate biopsies and other tests which have significant risks. Even the PSA, probably the best test of the lot, is still controversial (American Cancer Society vs the American College of Urology).I am a practising physician at the XXX. I am aware of the medical research and data regarding these tests, and I question your rationale in suggesting these to the general public for screening. Perhaps you can enlighten me by providing me with research papers that I may not have been aware of, advocating its use as a screening tool. I believe in evidence-based medicine, and I will let the numbers speak for itself. But for now, I'm somewhat disappointed that you are putting profits as a priority in your service to unknowing Malaysians.
Screw them. Greedy little people. Sang Chai Mou Si Fatt! Cis cis cis!