Finally, the medical community is admitting that the dangers of mammograms might outweigh the benefits!
BUT then we read on…it is actually a government task force which is recommending this.
Now that’s interesting, isn’t it? Just as we get to the eve of a government-run health care plan, suddenly it becomes not so important to get tested. Much as I hate mammograms, I have to wonder if the whole point of this is not to get us used to limiting our care, because of course, that’s what’s going to happen if the government runs health care. You’ll get less and less care for all the dollars you invest. Watch for more government taks forces declaring that various medical tests are not worth the money we spend on them… The telling sentence: ” the incidence of breast cancer among women between 40 and 50 is so low that you have to screen so many women to save one life.” Well, we wouldn’t want that, now would we?
Editing again: The last line of this article really confused me. It says that “mammography remains the only test that offers some screening value” Why then, the last two times I had a mammogram, did they order an ultrasound because they couldn’t read the mammogram? It seems to me that maybe ultrasound might be a better way to screen in the first place! It’s certainly a great deal less painful and invasive. But then, it may also be more expensive, and you know the government won’t like that…
The comments on the article are interesting–many people howling that without a routine mammo someone they love would be dead. But no one raises the question that I have wondered about: do routine mammos actually traumatize breast tissue (with all the compression and radiation) so much that they actually cause cancer? That’s what *I* would like to see a study on!