Health promotion

I have just turned down breast screening. Again.

I have just turned down breast screening. Again. Second time of asking; second time of polite refusal. I blogged about the first time I was asked, remarking on several things that struck me as odd and unsatisfactory.  

MoQuestions about Movember

Here’s a funny Movember thing, from the BBC website. Funny as in odd; not funny ha ha. No author and none of it seems to have gone through any critical filter.   

Movember: 13 Suggestions for Improving It. [insert ref. to 'unlucky' here].

I reckon Movember might need (but possibly not quite appreciate) some constructive advice on how I'd fix it. Here it is. 

Oi. Movember. No!

I see the moustaches. I get the jokes, I groan at the puns. I marvel at the money. I spot the global reach. I understand the popularity. I grasp the style. I read all the words. 

What’s at the core though? It does come over very Emperor’s New Clothes if you concentrate and keep saying to yourself ‘Yes, that's all very well but what do they actually mean?’

We should all wonder about the content. It’s ours, after all; we paid millions for it.

This month I’ll mostly be aware of….

Masses! Absolutely masses. Health awareness and charities….. Tch. It’s all gone to nonsense, hasn’t it? There are so many Days/Weeks/Months the concept is just silly, offering little of actual use to the audience. Many are only done because it’s ‘what you do’ in broad-brush healthee charidee way.

'Routes to diagnosis' - cancer, emergencies and the elderly. What do the cancer charities think?

This post combines my interest in cancer awareness with my concerns about the absence of the elderly from most cancer charities’ agendas. I suggest two things. That 1) the single issue cancer charity sector should cast a properly self-critical eye on their role in ‘cancer awareness’ and 2) that it is now obvious that there is such a thing as the wrong kind of cancer patient - and that’s an old one.

Another in the series 'Cancer charities and their woeful polling.'

This should be subtitled 'a case study in how to generate health news in a lazy media, whilst not actually putting a great deal of effort in yourself, either.' 

Cancer Research UK have been at it again, with another piffling survey of the UK public and their seemingly impenetrable ‘ignorance’. Do stop!

Throwing down the gauntlet: Cancer charities and inadequate cancer information for men and women aged 75 and over

I was at an interesting but somewhat passionless National Cancer Equalities Initiative (NCEI) event on 12 March, on oncology decision making in older age. It wasn’t a particularly revelatory set of results – the researchers showed ageist clinical decision making, by oncologists and haematologists.

Who'd have thought it?

What fresh nonsense is this? Smoke, mirrors and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

I found the following on The Prostate Cancer Charity website, about a party marking the current Awareness Month. I’ve lifted it as posted, and added my own comments.

It is the usual muddle of half baked wishful thinking which manages to imply certainty and health advice, without actually containing any of either. You'll learn about their celebrity supporters and the fundraising, but any actual facts about prostate cancer come courtesy of me! 

Women's Hour: Going for the full set. I may as well annoy the prostate cancer lobby as well

… this follows on from the previous post and should be read with an exasperated and another thing tone to your internal voice. To re-cap – the breast cancer lobby was advanced by Radio Four’s Women’s Hour as a great model for other health lobbies to copy….in particular, the prostate cancer one.