Dr. Oz performs health interventionsPosted on Oct 31st 2007 7:30AM by Bev Sklar
Intervention is a word I normally associate with combating addiction. A concerned family gathers together with a therapist to plainly and honestly confront a loved one about their drug or alcohol addiction. But what about those of us in denial about our health?
According to Dr. Oz's recent show on Oprah, Dr. Oz Viewer Interventions, up to 90 million Americans are scared to go to the doctor for basic screening tests. Mammograms, colonoscopies and skin cancer checks are just a sampling of important screenings people avoid -- even though detecting cancer early is critical. Dr. Oz intervened on the behalf of three people in need of just these screenings, encouraging them to go through with the tests and holding their hands along the way.
One gentleman's brother had died from colon cancer at the age of 35. He was now 35 himself, but dragging his feet on a colonoscopy. A woman's mother had died of breast cancer, but she was now 43 years old and hadn't ever had a baseline mammogram. A third woman was a 23-year tanning bed veteran, and it was high time she saw a dermatologist. Each guest went forward with the screenings, ultimately receiving benign results.
Whether it's time for a cholesterol work-up, a mammogram or some other important screening, take a deep breath and schedule it. I give credit to the brave souls who were willing to share their first screening experiences on national television. Entirely Oprah-esque, they may very well inspire others to do the same.