Posted by: Admin | November 20, 2009

New Research Shows ….

That women shouldn’t have mammograms until age 50.  The “risks outweigh the benefits”… 

What an uproar this has caused and rightfully so.  And, I’m truly astonished that our country would take such a huge step BACKWARDS. 

I thought we were a nation of smart & educated people.  We recommend tons of activity for “preventative maintenance”.  We get our oil changed, we visit the dentist yearly, we eat our vegetables.  But, in what I can only view as a governmental recommendation to save money, (cause you know, money is so much more important than people’s lives???) we should wait to get mammograms for 10 additional years, which will undoubtedly result in more women who are undiagnosed with breast cancer.  It just plain sickens me. 

I’m wondering if we should also change our recommendations about some of the following (as it seems the risks may outweigh the benefit??). 

Drinking MilkMany people have lactose intolerance and after all, our bones are not at their weakest until after menopause

DrivingStatistics show that:  For those in the age group of 1 to 30 years, the leading cause of death is due to being involved in a car accident. (Every 12 minutes, one person dies because of a car accident). (source: http://www.lawcore.com/car-accident/statistics.html).  And, I really only need a car to get to/from work.. so I could easily wait to drive until I’m 30!?

Space ExplorationThis one is MIGHTLY costly and there are countless debates about the benefits of space exploration. As of 2003, there had been approximately 430 people to fly in space 18 of whom have perished.. this is a 4% fatality rate. (source: http://www.thespacereview.com/article/36/1 )

Prostate Cancer ChecksFrom 2002-2006, the median age of diagnosis for prostate cancer was 68 years of age.  And, only a “mere” 10% are diagnosed before the age of 44. (source: http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/prost.html ) And, let’s be honest, what man wouldn’t delay this test if they could?

— oh wait.. that prostate test doesn’t really cost that much… so, I suppose we can keep doing that one…

I’m sure I could go on and on.. but I won’t.  I’ll just say this.

WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY THINKING??

Ok… rant over.

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Responses

  1. I read an article about NFL stuff every monday by a guy at Sports Illustrated. He also has something on Tuesdays saying a little more and responding to emails.

    This past week on one of the two he started off without commenting explicitly on this breast cancer news – but by talking about a player whose wife died in her 40s from breast cancer (a recurring incidence of it, if I recall correctly).

    So that was good of him, and hopefully more people worked in little digs like that to let people know that the new recommendations were idiotic.


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