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These controversial guidelines tell women in their 40s that they should not have mammograms unless they are at high risk for breast cancer due to genetics or family history, and that women 50 and over should only get screened every other year for cancer. As if these suggestions are not enough, the government panel also derides monthly self-breast exams as useless, and discourages women against doing them.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) today announced that it is changing its guidelines for mammography and no longer recommends routine screening for women between the ages of 40 and 49.
Originally posted by nixie_nox
First off your jumping the gun.
The reason they state this is that women from high risk families should get these exams.
But the problem is that may of these exams are doing more harm then good. They are causing a lot of false alarms, subjecting women to a lot more tests and biopsies, to only find it is nothing, that are saving only a handful of people.
Originally posted by mblahnikluver
reply to post by Seiko
It seems like its all about money and not saving lives like usual.
Some lawmakers on Capitol Hill are blasting new guidelines from a government task force that recommends against routine mammograms for women under 50, questioning whether they are tantamount to health care "rationing" in the fight against the No. 2 cancer killer in U.S. women. "I absolutely believe this could be a form of rationing," said Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga, a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist for 26 years. "It scares me."
Originally posted by CoffinFeeder
reply to post by mblahnikluver
**warning, subtle humor ahead**
probably because self exams and mammograms drastically increase the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.