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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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.


r4i November 17, 2009 at 10:33 PM  

To the child whose mother could be saved, it is definitely worth it. When we start, as a society, deciding who lives and dies based on a statistical assessment of cost/benefit, and take these decisions out of the hands of the people affected, we have crossed the Rubicon.

Hangmann747 November 18, 2009 at 12:07 AM  

Hello All,

Thats 1052631.5 people that the Government "Death Panel" just deamed unworthy to live!

Yea Obama!

Thanks to all for being Involved, Many Blessings, Shane (Hangmann747)

Unknown November 19, 2009 at 11:44 AM  

MediaCurves.com conducted a study among 600 about the new guidelines released by the Preventive Services Task Force of the Department of Health and Human Services recommending against regular mammography tests for women under 50 years old. Results found that the majority of physicians (78%) reported that they do not agree with the new guidelines. Furthermore, the majority of physicians (78%) also reported that the advice they give to patients will not change based on the new Preventive Services Task Force of the Department of Health and Human Services guidelines.
More in depth results can be seen at:

Amy M.,  December 22, 2009 at 4:19 PM  

I'm a 40 year old woman with absolutely no detectable physical symptoms, who thanks to the current recommendations, will be one of thousands who survived breast cancer.

Explain to my 13 year-old and 9 year-old that since I don't fall in the "majority" my life is less important. When my daughter heard this latest recommendation she looked right at me with tears in her eyes and said "Mom, you could be dead by then. What are they thinking?" What are they thinking, I have to ask? I'd gladly deal with a false-positive or a few more pokes and tests knowing that others, like me, will survive. I'm disgusted!

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