Dr. Nancy Snyderman Explains New Mammography Guidelines; Says Only 1 in 1900 Women Saved by Tests Before 50 - Video 11/17/09
Here is video of NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman talking about a Government Task Force report that now recommends a "seismic shift" in Mammogram Guidelines for women. Snyderman rather coldly explains the report, which now says women don't need to start having mammograms until age 50 (it has been 40), only need one every two years, and don't need to do self-exams. When asked why the change when some women have survived breast cancer because of early detection through mammograms and self-exams, Snyderman said the task force research shows that only 1 in 1900 women under age 50 have a detected breast cancer.
Only 1 in 1900? That is 50 women - wives, mothers, daughters - in every 100,000 women. That's 500 women in every 1 million. That's 5000 women in every ten million. In other words, that appears to be a lot of lives deemed not worth . . . what?
Snyderman mentions the "economic costs" as she talked, and that appears to be what this boils down to. If we wind up with Government Health Care, expect there to be a move increasingly in this direction. The focus on quality of care, and health will begin to take a back seat to the odds and the economic cost of care.
The American Cancer Society is opposing the new guidelines.