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Experts question motives of mammogram guidelines (Here comes healthcare rationing)
Reuters ^ | Nov 16, 2009 | Julie Steenhuysen

Posted on 11/16/2009 7:13:28 PM PST by WeatherGuy

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Cancer experts fear new U.S. breast imaging guidelines that recommend against routine screening mammograms for women in their 40s may have their roots in the current drive in Washington to reform healthcare.

Critics of the guidelines, issued on Monday by the U.S. Services Task Force, an independent panel sponsored by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Quality, say the new guidelines are a step backward and will lead to more cancer deaths.

Here are some of their concerns.

* Dr Carol Lee, chairwoman of the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Commission, said she fears insurers -- both private and public -- will use them to pare back health costs.

"These new recommendations seem to reflect a conscious decision to ration care," Lee said in a statement.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: america2point0; asocialistamerica; breastcancer; cancer; cancerscreening; coloncancer; communismkills; deathpanels; endoflife; healthcarerationing; nationalhealthcare; obamalegacy; obamaliedpeopledied; obamunism; priorconditions; shadowgovernment; socializedmedicine

1 posted on 11/16/2009 7:13:30 PM PST by WeatherGuy
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To: WeatherGuy

Yeah, let’s throw the women with breast cancer under the bus just like in Great Britain.


2 posted on 11/16/2009 7:16:53 PM PST by Wisconsinlady
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To: WeatherGuy
National Health Care

"Doctor, I have a lump in my breast."

"Don't worry about it. Take two aspirin."

Sums it up.
3 posted on 11/16/2009 7:18:46 PM PST by Dallas59 (No To O -Time is going by really really really really slow.)
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To: WeatherGuy
See ladies, in so many cases, those annoying old mammograms aren't making you well anyway. It will be a much better use of our scarce national bugetary resources to target the use of mammography to those who are really at risk. Patients who fall into this catagory would naturally include female Senators and Congresspersons, and the wives and daughters of male Members of Congress. Additionally, many Cabinet members and sub-Cabinet positions will probably be found to be at risk. Female members of the families of the leaders of the major labor unions will undoubtedly be found to be at risk as well.
4 posted on 11/16/2009 7:20:34 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: WeatherGuy

These cancer experts will soon be found floating in the Chicago River with a “self-inflicted gunshot wound” to the backs of their heads.


5 posted on 11/16/2009 7:23:31 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Fight Crime. Shoot Back.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

They also recommended that docs quit telling women to do breast self exams. Now those are free!! So I guess they want to ration actions so that no cancer is found before its time.

This is beyond disgusting.


6 posted on 11/16/2009 7:34:06 PM PST by cajungirl (no)
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To: WeatherGuy

o-bow man has a scary thing about death - The Un-Born, Senior Citizens and now Women under Fifty.

To be followed shortly by - Handicap people, Christens, Jewish Followers, etc.

Obsessed with death and really, really scary.


7 posted on 11/16/2009 7:36:39 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: WeatherGuy

My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer this summer and ultimately had bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction and 33 radiation treatments. This was after a yearly checkup for several years that showed nothing and then it was there. Although she is in her 50’s, it is a frightful declaration from some “health panel” in this government that made my wife angry, scared and very concerned for women younger than her. I am in the health field myself and I know there is a ton of research out there that supports yearly mammograms even for women in their forties. What the cancer society should do is come out with a statement tomorrow saying that they found that it was not necessary for congressmen to have prostate checks until after 80, as your insurance just won’t cover it.


8 posted on 11/16/2009 7:40:08 PM PST by alabama_heart
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To: alabama_heart

Thank you for your comments.

Who is this entity making these bogus claims?

Mammmograms have saved so many lives-——THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!


9 posted on 11/16/2009 7:52:36 PM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt (Obama's Deathcare ---- many will suffer and/or die unnecessarily.)
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To: WeatherGuy
"The USPSTF recommendations are a step backward and represent a significant harm to women's health," Dr W. Phil Evans, president of the Society of Breast Imaging, said in a statement.

"At least 40 percent of the lives saved by mammographic screening are of women aged 40-49. These recommendations are inconsistent with current science and apparently have been developed in an attempt to reduce costs. Unfortunately, many women may pay for this unsound approach with their lives."

10 posted on 11/16/2009 7:54:09 PM PST by concentric circles
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To: WeatherGuy

According to the libs and Pelosi who will tax your tampons as medical devices, rationed care is good care.

Trust them.


11 posted on 11/16/2009 7:58:51 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: concentric circles

Well, SOMEONE’s got to pay, and guess who Obama has decided that’s going to be. Hint: Not Obamacare.


12 posted on 11/16/2009 8:02:53 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: cajungirl

Yep- self-exams are worthless because o is laying the groundwork for the changes he wants. The two people that have had breast cancer in my family found the lumps with their self=exam.

Oh that’s right—that can’t be because some lackey on o’s team says so.


13 posted on 11/16/2009 8:38:02 PM PST by handmade
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To: WeatherGuy
"These new recommendations seem to reflect a conscious decision to ration care,"

Why, yes, it does.

Now I wonder why that is.

(/sarc)

14 posted on 11/17/2009 1:19:33 AM PST by workerbee (If you vote for Democrats, you are engaging in UnAmerican Activity.)
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To: handmade

my sister’s was found by her dog,,not kidding. He kept pushing his nose in on her breast and had never done that in the years they had him. He idd it at every opportunity he had. Finally she felt it after weeks of his doing this.

But it is a free thing, everyone has been told for years to do it and how to do it.

So it isn’t saving money here. It is delaying diagnosis and treatment.

I haven’t used the word “evil” to describe these people but now it is inescapable. They want delayed diagnosis and then will use the excuse that if treatment doesn’t “cure”, it shouldn’t be used.

This is the most vile thing I have ever read about. Just unbelievable.


15 posted on 11/17/2009 4:09:19 AM PST by cajungirl (no)
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To: WeatherGuy

This is ludicrous. A baseline mammogram should be done at 35-40.


16 posted on 11/17/2009 8:33:25 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: WeatherGuy

This made my wife want to take part in a tea party. She hates politics, but this pushed her over the edge!


17 posted on 11/17/2009 8:41:32 AM PST by NotSoModerate
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To: WeatherGuy

True, it is rationing. They also upped the recommendations to later in life for colon cancer screening for men.

And they’ll be able to deny treatment because it is “end of life”.


18 posted on 11/17/2009 8:42:58 AM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: Dallas59

Maybe you should take the pain killer and not get the surgery... - Barack Obama


19 posted on 11/17/2009 8:45:20 AM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: alabama_heart

This is no “health panel”. Death panel is more like it.


20 posted on 11/17/2009 8:46:58 AM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: WeatherGuy

WTH. Obama/Pelosicare commits suicide. Or would it be aborts?


21 posted on 11/17/2009 8:48:19 AM PST by RGSpincich
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To: WeatherGuy

I told my wife this morning that this reduction in breast screening was just the beginning of trying to reduce health costs by rationing what people can due regarding health care. It is so obvious. I cannot believe people cannot see through this.


22 posted on 11/17/2009 9:08:54 AM PST by Uncle Hal
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To: a fool in paradise

” Death panel is more like it. “

This is the first Death Panel.
Women in their 40s, who today will be cured, will die in the future.
Because their cancer will be so advanced by the time it’s caught , it will be a death sentence.
And it’s only the beginning .
This is an outrage and every woman and the husbands and sons and fathers and brothers who love them,
should be screaming in fury at Barry.
If Republican women are smart-they’ll coalesce around this .
A press conference with everyone from Laura Ingraham,( a survivor ) to Liz Cheney, Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, et al would draw attention to this abomination.
It’s all about money , money, money.
Money for ACORN and the slush funds and graft for the Democrats.
Every medical screening has false positives or areas that need further testing.
Extra views, compression mamms, Ultrasound ,MRIs and guided biopsies done in the office under local, cost money, but, save lives.
And are non invasive.
We’re not talking open heart surgery.
And telling women to no longer self exam - is jaw dropping.
I doubt any woman who was caught early or given a clean bill after all, is anything, but, grateful.
And you can bet your last dollar that Nancy Pelosi and Michelle Obama will get their mammograms every year.
If they’re willing to sacrifice women in their 40s,
granny and gramps don’t have a chance.


23 posted on 11/17/2009 9:14:06 AM PST by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: WeatherGuy

Breast Cancer Awareness has been one of the biggest public relations campaigns in my lifetime, and now suddenly we get this? What a joke.


24 posted on 11/17/2009 10:12:05 AM PST by jpl
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To: WeatherGuy

The First Frump will continue to get her mammogram of course.


25 posted on 11/17/2009 11:12:55 AM PST by bergmeid (obama. With a small o.)
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To: cajungirl
They also recommended that docs quit telling women to do breast self exams. Now those are free!! So I guess they want to ration actions so that no cancer is found before its time.

If breast exams were part of an accepted protocol, then any patient who didn't want to comply with the new screening guidelines could report feeling something that "wasn't there before", and if her doctor didn't like the new guidelines, and put her interests ahead of the state, he would "feel" it too. This would undermine the efforts to restrict the usage of mammograms.

26 posted on 11/17/2009 4:54:43 PM PST by supercat (Barry Soetoro == Bravo Sierra)
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To: cajungirl

Yeah-I have decided that word evil is a good fit. Sad, but true.


27 posted on 11/17/2009 9:17:50 PM PST by handmade
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