Yesterday, surprising (and controversial) new guidelines emerged regarding mammography, stating that women under the age of 50 may not need yearly mammograms, as is the current the medical recommendation. I read the article (below) in the New York Times and made note that the argument for continued routine screening is that no one wants to play the risk odds. Understandably. And also that doctors feel that if they don't present both sides of the risk/benefit analysis, their patients will not trust them. When Americans become sick after vaccination, we're patted on the back for "protecting the herd" (or called outright liars) and doctors who present "both sides" are skewered in the press. Are vaccinations medicine or religion?
Read the full article in the New York Times HERE.
...Several doctors said that while they understood the panel’s risk-benefit analysis, their patients would not see it that way. “My patients tell me they can live with a little anxiety and distress but they can’t live with a little cancer,” said Dr. Carolyn Runowicz, director of the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Connecticut.
The idea that one cancer death is prevented for roughly 2,000 women screened “doesn’t mean anything until you’re the one,” said Dr. Jacques Moritz, director of gynecology at Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan. “No doubt about it, I’m going to say, ‘Well, you really don’t need it,’ and they’re going to say: ‘You don’t understand. I’m getting the mammogram. I’m not going to take the chance to be the one person that has it.’ ”
Most of the doctors, however, said they would inform younger women that the recommendations said they did not need mammograms if they were low-risk. They said they would also point out that groups like the American Cancer Society and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists are sticking to the earlier guidelines.
“If we don’t give them both views, they will not trust our judgments,” said Dr. Ozgul Muneyyirci-Delale, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at SUNY Downstate. Dr. Muneyyirci-Delale said she worried that the conflicting advice might add to negative feelings many women have about mammograms, because of the pain of the test, exposure to radiation or a general distrust of medicine...
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor for Age of Autism.