If you missed Catalyst on ABC Television last night, there were two excellent reports that are well worth taking the time to watch.
This investigation of the prostate cancer screening debate was much more helpful than the sort of media coverage that we so often see of this fraught issue (and which I’ve been guilty of myself).
Rather than simply juxtaposing the competing views of experts who either advocate or question screening, the reporter carefully investigated some of the complexities involved, and the many issues that men need to consider and weigh up. A certain male rather close to me found the report far more helpful than anything else he’s come across to date (including anything I’ve written, sigh).
And this report about the fallibility of medical tests should also be essential viewing – especially for those Croakey readers of a certain age who may be wondering about blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and other such tests.
And if you’ve ever wondered what Dr Norman Swan (the presenter of Radio National’s Health Report) looks like in a singlet, here’s your chance…