Yesterday, the American Cancer Society admitted that many women are diagnosed and treated for breast cancer needlessly--that the "cancer" they have wouldn't spread or even be noticed without mammograms.
The new mammogram recommendation is what cost control looks like: It's not rationing, it's not socialized medicine, it's cost control. What are the real outcomes, and what are the real costs? Do the math.
The new task force recommendations on mammograms are not a blanket, one-size-fits-all prescription for every woman. Guidelines should never replace a dialogue with your own doctor that considers individual risk.
My female friends were emailing in outrage at the notion that we may have, once again, been roused by the health care magnates in this country into receiving potentially destructive procedures and treatments.