Re: Brain cancer question
Yeah, if you pester your doctor enough, he'll probably eventually recommend a CT just to get you off his back/ give you some peace of mind.
But as has been stated, the radiation can add up to dangerous levels if you have enough CT scans in your lifetime, and you'll no doubt need a few when you get old (nearly everyone does), so maybe your best bet is just to trust your doctor's judgment now, and save the CT scans for when you really need them.
I'm speaking from experience, being a hypochondriac who pestered an ENT into giving me a CT scan that I probably didn't need, simply because I was having an episode of health anxiety.
Now that I've learned more about CT scans and the radiation levels they introduce into your body, I wish I hadn't had that scan, even though it gave me some peace of mind at the time.
I'm afraid I'll regret it someday. If I ever do get cancer, I'll always wonder, "Could this have been avoided if I hadn't had that CT scan?"
Best of luck.
Last edited by Kali333; 03-10-2011 at 06:51 PM.