Your role at the doctor's office isn't over when you describe your problem. You have to understand what your provider is telling you -- and that goes double if you're signing a form to say you understand the risks of a procedure or of being involved in a study.
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Shopping at my local pharmacy last week, I was taken aback by a product on the counter: “self check breast cream”. Sorry, what? Breast self-examination cream? Is that even a thing? Looking closer at the bright pink display, I discovered a sales campaign in full swing, seemingly timed to coincide with 'breast cancer awareness month'.
Two dollars from each tube sold was going to a breast cancer charity, and there was a ready-to-use social media hashtag – #IPledgeToCheck. In large font was the message 'self checking your breasts is important'.
This is a fairly familiar message. But is it true? The evidence is surprisingly complicated.
Headaches often take us by surprise. Was it the third cup of coffee? Or this morning's run? Wait, maybe it was last night's bottle of wine -- who knows. If you get frequent headaches and want to pin down a cause, a headache diary can help you get ahead of your next episode.