A Public Service Announcement

I have never agreed with Elizabeth Hasselback on any topic, at any time – until today.  She called the new mammogram recommendations Gender-cide and she couldn’t be more correct on this.

Other than the fact that I personally have six female friends who I know owe their lives to having mammograms in their 40s, there is statistical evidence as well.

If you look at the death rates for women in places that do not pay for nor require mammograms for women in their 40s the death rate from breast cancer spikes in the 40-50 age range.  (Places to check Utah – the only state that doesn’t cover mammograms for woman in their 40s and the UK which also doesn’t recommend or cover them).

This is a big WTF!? I feel very strongly that you should continue to get mammograms early and through out your 40s whether or not there is a family history of breast cancer.  If you are over 40 and have never had a mammogram – call and get one scheduled NOW!  If you have a mammogram scheduled – KEEP THE APPOINTMENT!  Having a mammogram could just save your life.




8 responses to “A Public Service Announcement

  1. Hell, I’m 29 and only through self examination did I find a lump that had to be removed. It can happen at any age. BS to them saying that they don’t want to deal with false positives, suck it up and save lives!

  2. I was horrified by what they had to say about self examination, too… just awful! Thanks for bringing this issue up.

  3. Controversial on so many levels! Then again, I am one who sortof ‘forgot’ her mammo for the past 2 years and I am a long shot out of the 40s decade. (I am also going for one this Monday.)

    It is like… driving without seat belts. Mostly you are okay, right? But the consequences of the *not okay* accident are so severe that the precautions are well worth the effort, yes?

    Is this what they consider ‘acceptable’ risk? Not if it is MY life, if isn’t!

  4. I couldn’t agree more, Lynne. I was thinking back to everyone I’ve known, personally, who has battled breast cancer, and as far as I know, *all* of them contracted it in their forties!

  5. Amen! It is ridiculous to put this recommendation out there when we have insurance companies chomping at the bit to make changes that reduce their expenditures while increasing the common person’s medical expenses. I am frightened of what this could mean for many women.

  6. This is the beginning of healthcare rationing.

  7. yup…it saved mine…stage 3 at 40…and i wouldn’t have known if I didn’t go for the baseline mammo…today I’m disease free at almost 42…I whole heartedly agree with your post…that advisory board is just looking at numbers…and people are more than statistics…hope you are well, happy belated Thanksgiving 🙂

  8. Healthcare rationing began a looooonnnnng time ago. That’s why there are things like “Prior Authorizations” and “Claim Denied” and “Pre-existing Conditions.”

    As far as the mammogram crap: these guys were mostly appointed in the Bushie years. They hate women, and they’re afraid of them and the power they possess. Bring on a “Bobbitt Amendment” and see how long the “Stupak Amendment” lasts.

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