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  • New study adds to evidence that mammograms do not save lives.

    02/12/2014 7:11:51 PM PST · by Rabin · 23 replies
    reuters ^ | Feb 12 | Staff
    Mammograms, the study found, increase perceived survival time without affecting the course of the disease. British Medical Journal... The 25-year study of 89,835 women in Canada, aged 40 to 59, randomly assigned the volunteers to receive either annual mammograms plus physical breast exams or physical exams alone.
  • Approx 2,000 pro-lifers call Planned Parenthood for mammograms to prove Obama false

    10/21/2012 10:44:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    the daily caller ^ | 10/21/12 | Caroline May
    In the wake of President Barack Obama’s assertion that women “rely on” Planned Parenthood for mammograms, about 2,000 pro-life activists called Planned Parenthood offices to schedule appointments for the breast health service, according to the Catholic EWTN News. While Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms, however, it does offer breast exams and referrals. “When Governor Romney says that we should eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, there are millions of women all across the country, who rely on Planned Parenthood for, not just contraceptive care, they rely on it for mammograms, for cervical cancer screenings. That’s a pocketbook issue for women...
  • Planned Parenthood flooded with calls to schedule 'imaginary mammograms' after Obama gaffe

    10/19/2012 1:59:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 18, 2012 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    WASHINGTON, D.C., October 18, 2012, ( – The day before hundreds of pro-life activists prepared to flood Planned Parenthood’s offices with requests to schedule a mammogram, the organization issued a statement admitting that they do not offer the cancer screening procedure at any of their facilities. The calls were placed today as part of “Call Planned Parenthood to Schedule Your Imaginary Mammogram Day” – an event organized by pro-life activists in response to President Obama’s statement during the presidential debate Tuesday that the abortion organization offers mammograms. “There are millions of women all across the country, who rely on...
  • Obama Admin Concedes Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Do Mammograms

    09/07/2012 4:27:58 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | 9/7/12 | Casey Mattox
    A deliberate effort is underway to rebrand Planned Parenthood as an integral provider of healthcare services, without which untold millions of women would lack basic medical care, or so the story goes. Thus, whenever any effort is made to cut off funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider and stalwart financier of leftist politicians, we’re told there is a “war on women.” But it’s not a “war on women” when a state simply places a higher priority on funds for true health services that Planned Parenthood doesn’t perform Take, for example, mammograms. Yes, mammograms. Perhaps there is no greater falsehood...
  • Pap smears? Mammograms? Prostate exams? Not under Obamacare

    03/16/2012 5:10:23 PM PDT · by Mustang Driver · 26 replies
    Charleston (WV) Daily Mail ^ | March 16, 2012 | Don Surber
    Slowly but surely the truth is coming out about Obamacare: Conservatives were right. Conservatives said Obamacare would cost trillions. Our intellectual and moral superiors on the left sneered. The CBO reported this week that Obamacare will cost nearly $1.8 trillion in the first 10 years alone — nearly double what Democrats said it would cost. And instead of reducing the deficit, Obamacare will increase the deficit. Conservatives said Obamacare would cost people their health insurance. Our intellectual and moral superiors on the left sneered. The CBO reported this week that Obamacare already has cost 4 million people their health insurance....
  • Komen head: Planned Parenthood lost funding because they don’t do cancer screenings

    02/02/2012 5:21:17 PM PST · by topher · 35 replies · 1+ views ^ | February 2, 2012 | By Kathleen Gilbert
    February 2, 2012 ( - In a tense exchange with MNSBC’s Andrea Mitchell Thursday, the founder of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure explained that her group stopped funding Planned Parenthood because the abortion organization doesn’t actually provide cancer screenings, but simply refers patients to other clinics. While extreme vitriol has been aimed at the breast cancer foundation following the news of their decision this week, Komen founder and CEO Nancy Brinker says the decision was simply the result of putting “metrics, outcomes, and measures” to their grants for better use of funds. Mitchell objected, questioning Komen’s possible political...
  • My toilet paper makes me sad (Georgia-Pacific, Koch brothers)

    05/11/2011 2:51:26 PM PDT · by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage · 140 replies
    5-11-2011 | me
    Today I was in Costco. As I entered the papergoods area a demonstration woman approached me about a sale on Northern triple ply quilted bathroom tissue. It's my brand and I strongly support a soft 3 ply, but that's not my point. The demonstration woman went on to show me on the packaging that Georgia Pacific donates money to the Susan G Komen foundation. I stopped in my tracks and said " I wish you hadn't told me that. The Susan G Komen Foundation funds Planned Parenthood and Planned Parenthood ( or Planned Barrenhood) is the largest provider of abortions...
  • Komen Admits Planned Parenthood Grants Don't Get Women Mammograms

    04/18/2011 9:30:44 AM PDT · by julieee · 23 replies ^ | April 18, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Komen Admits Planned Parenthood Grants Don't Get Women Mammograms Washington, DC -- In new emails Susan G. Komen for the Cure is sending to people complaining about their grants to the Planned Parenthood abortion business, officials claim the grants are given to help women obtain breast cancer screenings. Yet, Komen also admits Planned Parenthood doesn't do mammograms.
  • Mammograms? What mammograms? New video exposes Planned Parenthood false claim

    04/10/2011 3:11:28 AM PDT · by topher · 44 replies -- Your Life, Family, and Culture Outpost ^ | 30-March-2011 | by Peter Jesserer Smith
    Mammograms? What mammograms? New video exposes Planned Parenthood false claim by Peter Jesserer Smith Wed Mar 30 11:11 AM EST WASHINGTON, D.C., March 30, 2011 ( – A new Live Action sting operation on Planned Parenthood clinics across the country belies statements by Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and Planned Parenthood allies that cutting funding to the abortion giant would limit women’s access to health care services including mammograms. “If this bill ever becomes law, millions of women in this country are gonna lose their health care access - not to abortion services - to basic family planning, you know,...
  • Shutdown showdown: Planned Parenthood hits the floor [cheap demagoguery on the left]

    04/08/2011 2:04:41 PM PDT · by FreeManDC · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 8, 2011 | Caroline May
    Calls to de-fund and efforts to defend Planned Parenthood have reached a fever pitch in light of the potential shutdown on Capitol Hill, with Democrats pointing to Republicans’ unwillingness to drop Planned Parenthood cuts as the reason for an imminent government shutdown. “Republicans want to shut down our nation’s government because they want to make it harder for women to get the health services they need,” Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the floor Friday. “This is indefensible and everyone should be outraged — men and women should be outraged.” Both sides have gone to the mat over...
  • Calls Confirm Planned Parenthood Misleads on Offering Mammograms

    03/30/2011 8:21:57 AM PDT · by julieee · 1 replies ^ | March 30, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Calls Confirm Planned Parenthood Misleads on Offering Mammograms Washington, DC -- The pro-life organization responsible for recent videos showing Planned Parenthood offering abortions to alleged sex traffickers who prey on women finds the abortion business is misleading about mammograms.
  • Planned Parenthood Falsely Uses Mammograms to Defend Tax-Funding

    02/24/2011 8:14:47 AM PST · by julieee · 5 replies ^ | February 24, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Planned Parenthood Falsely Uses Mammograms to Defend Tax-Funding Washington, DC -- Reeling from a vote in the House of Representatives that would deny any and all taxpayer funding, the Planned Parenthood abortion business is turning to its non-abortion "services" to defend the need for the government dole.
  • New study shows value of mammography

    11/10/2010 8:02:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies (Fort Wayne) ^ | 17 October 2010 | Dr. Terry Gaff
    Late last year, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force changed their book of evidence-based guidelines for mammography screening in a way that caused significant disagreement in the medical community. The task force recommended against routine mammography screening for women before age 50 years and suggested that this breast cancer screening end at age 74 years. The guidelines also recommended changing the screening interval from one year to two years. Now, new data from a large Swedish study show that mammography screening in women aged 40 to 49 years results in a much greater reduction in mortality from breast cancer than...
  • Jerry Brown: Mammograms not effective

    10/10/2010 8:21:55 AM PDT · by Qbert · 80 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 10/9/2010 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Smelling blood after a Jerry Brown associate used the word “whore” in connection with Meg Whitman’s campaign strategy, Republican sources have provided a 15-year-old video of the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful dismissing mammograms in an old interview. The trip to the vault comes as Brown’s camp has been on defense after The Los Angeles Times reported on a conversation between him and an associate, inadvertently left on a police union official’s voice mail, in which he discussed Whitman and the unions and suggested she’ll cut a deal over pensions. Another person is heard on the recording saying, “What about calling her...
  • New Breast Screening Cuts Eased in Congress

    01/11/2010 7:41:12 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 13 replies · 348+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01-12-10 | ALICIA MUNDY
    More frequent mammograms, seemingly on their way out under new federal guidelines last year, may be coming back. The final health-care bill is likely to require coverage for more mammograms than the new guidelines recommend after women's groups, doctors and imaging-equipment makers stepped up pressure on lawmakers -- one of many threads of the bill negotiated behind the scenes. Many doctors and patient groups have long supported early, frequent screening for breast cancer. In recent years, they joined forces with mammography companies -- striking sponsorship deals, for example, and holding joint events to promote breast-cancer awareness, as well as to...
  • New Mammogram Guidelines Issued ... Again

    01/04/2010 11:58:06 PM PST · by BAW · 6 replies · 383+ views via Yahoo News ^ | January 4, 2010 | Jeanna Bryner
    Breast cancer screening just got more confusing today, as two medical organizations announced annual mammograms should begin at age 40, and earlier for high-risk women. The recommendations contradict a recent advisory for less frequent screenings beginning at age 50, not 40. The recommendations for less frequent mammograms, released in November, came from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, with panel experts saying they were responding to data showing routine mammograms starting at age 40 rarely saved lives and more often resulted in misdiagnoses that just fueled anxiety and debilitating treatment. This new advice, which is published in the January issue...
  • The don't-check list: Doctor's ObamaCare worry

    12/07/2009 2:42:47 AM PST · by Scanian · 11 replies · 507+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 7, 2009 | MARC K. SIEGEL
    What kind of "health-care reform" is this that could make me replace my regular checklist of preventive-care tests for a "don't-check list" of exams I won't be able to order? Much of last week's Senate debate on health reform turned on a single screening exam, mammograms for women in their 40s. A government panel last month said the exams weren't cost effective, and critics quickly pointed to the recommendation as an example of the kind of rationing that would have teeth under ObamaCare.
  • Public Health Officials Refuse New Patients (in California!)

    12/06/2009 3:17:26 PM PST · by SmartInsight · 13 replies · 781+ views
    NBC ^ | Dec 6, 2009 | JOHN ADAMS
    The Health Department stops funding breast screenings for low-income women The "unprecedented fiscal challenges" claimed another victim this week as health officials decided to discontinue a cigarette tax-funded program that pays for breast cancer screenings for low-income women. The two biggest changes to the program according to a release are: They will stop paying for breast cancer screening for women under 50. They will stop enrolling all new patients for breast cancer screening until July 1.
  • Study Questions Safety of Mammograms for Young Women at High Risk of Cancer

    12/01/2009 10:40:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 593+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 1, 2009 | DENISE GRADY
    For young women who have a high risk of breast cancer because of genetic mutations or family history, the radiation from yearly mammograms may make the risk even higher, researchers reported at a radiology conference on Monday. The report is particularly troubling because it suggests that the very women who are told they need mammograms most may also be the most vulnerable to harm from them. Doctors routinely urge high-risk women to have mammograms earlier in life and more often than women judged to be at average risk. Researchers caution that the new report is not conclusive, and that the...
  • Welcome to the United States of the Banana Republic

    11/24/2009 10:06:12 AM PST · by timesthattrymenssouls · 1 replies · 254+ views
    Constitutional Guardian ^ | 11/25/2009 | Nancy Tengler
    Last week, on the eve of the Senate health care bill vote, the United States Preventative Services Task Force (I will publish the task force member names separately) released new guidelines for mammograms. The recommendations of this task force, (which I am told and the list seems to verify, includes no practicing oncologists or OB-GYN's, rather it is comprised of professors and heads of university departments, you know INTELLECTUALS, the kind that propose theoretical policy they are never stuck implementing themselves) offer new guidelines that propose women in their 40's no longer receive routine mammogram screening, rather the tests should...
  • "The Politics Of Mammograms"

    11/20/2009 3:14:43 PM PST · by hoguenews · 7 replies · 371+ views
    Hogue News ^ | November 20, 2009 | Paul Smith
    Will mammograms sink the Health Care Bill in the Senate? The 16-member U.S. Preventative Services Task Force released its new recommendations on mammograms a few days ago. Talk about some outrage by its recommendations! It said they wanted to change the standard of once a year screenings for women over 40 every other year. Boy did the stuff hit the fan! Please allow me give you some quotes to aid in your evaluation of the situation; Dr. Daniel Kopans, head of breast imaging at Massachusetts General, “I think it is outrageous to reduce costs by taking away a test that...
  • RNC: Breast cancer recommendations may lead to 'rationing'

    11/20/2009 7:11:24 AM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies · 332+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/20/2009 | Amanda Carpenter
    Leaders of the Republican National Committee say revised recommendations issued by a government-funded panel that say women only need to be screened for breast cancer after the age of 50 could be the beginning of health care rationing by the government. RNC Chairman Michael Steele and co-chair Jan Larimer wrote a letter to President Obama Thursday, obtained by the Washington Times, that calls the new recommendations a "thinly veiled attempt to save money by limiting mammograms has the effect of placing a dollar value on a human life." The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, an independent panel of doctors and...
  • US anger about changes to breast cancer testing

    11/18/2009 11:15:22 AM PST · by markomalley · 55 replies · 1,654+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/18/2009 | Ken Zeitvogel
    Doctors are in uproar over a recommendation to raise the age of breast cancer screening, saying that more women will die from the disease, which claims 40,000 lives each year. The Preventative Services Task Force of scientists and researchers recommended that breast cancer screening in women should begin at the age of 50 instead of 40. And it further said that women between the ages of 50 to 74 should be screened every two years instead of annually. "Screening saves lives, and cutting back on screening would cost lives," said Dr Timothy Johnson, an oncologist at Holyoke Medical Center in...
  • 'Guidelines' -- for now: The mammogram flap & ObamaCare

    11/19/2009 2:49:27 AM PST · by Scanian · 12 replies · 574+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 19, 2009 | MARC K. SIEGEL
    This week's decision by a government panel to discourage most women in their 40s from having routine mammograms isn't just bad medicine, but also a small taste of what ObamaCare will mean. Yes, House and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday insisted that the new guidelines won't change what services the government will pay for. But that doesn't eliminate the impact of the finding at all -- and it does nothing about any future guidelines, based on the same approach, for less high-profile areas of medicine. Decades of medical research have proven the value of breast-cancer screening. I order mammograms...
  • (Breast Cancer:) Rationing's First Step

    11/18/2009 5:06:31 PM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies · 1,134+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 17, 2009 | IBD staff
    Health Care: A government task force has decided that women need fewer mammograms and later in life. Shouldn't that be between patient and physician? We have seen the future of health care, and it doesn't work. We have warned repeatedly that the net results of health care bills before Congress will be higher demand, fewer doctors, more cost control, all leading to rationing. New recommendations issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) regarding breast cancer and the necessity for early and frequent mammograms do not convince us otherwise. Just six months ago, the panel, which works under the...
  • Hologic slips as panel recommends fewer mammograms

    11/18/2009 10:01:34 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies · 307+ views
    , AP ^ | Nov 17, 2009 | MARLEY SEAMAN
    Shares of digital mammogram system maker Hologic Inc. fell Tuesday after a government task force recommended that women wait longer before having mammograms, and have the breast examinations less often. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said Monday that most women should wait until they turn 50 before having regular mammograms, rather than starting at 40, and suggested women have an examination every two years instead of once a year... The task force also said the benefits of mammograms for women over 75 are unclear. It previously said those women should have a mammogram every year or two. The guidelines...
  • In Reversal, Panel Urges Mammograms at 50, Not 40

    11/16/2009 4:08:24 PM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 46 replies · 1,253+ views
    nyslimes ^ | 11/17/09 | By GINA KOLATA
    Most women should start regular breast cancer screening at age 50, not 40, according to new guidelines released Monday by an influential group that provides guidance to doctors, insurance companies and policy makers. The new recommendations reverse longstanding guidelines and are aimed at reducing harm from overtreatment, the group says. It also says women age 50 to 74 should have mammograms less frequently — every two years, rather than every year. And it said doctors should stop teaching women to examine their breasts on a regular basis.
  • Eighteen women diagnosed with breast cancer after faulty screening

    10/20/2009 7:34:07 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 6 replies · 360+ views
    Eighteen women have been told they have breast cancer after a consultant working at Accrington Victoria Hospital conducted faulty mammograms, it has been disclosed. The women were given the devastating news after colleagues of the consultant, a senior radiologist working for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, raised concerns about his work. In all, 355 mammograms, going back three years, had to be re-checked by an independent review of breast screening assessment clinics carried out by a ''quality assurance'' team of medics. Another four women were diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, which Cancer Research UK described as a very early...
  • (NJ) Candidates spar over bare-bones health plan

    08/23/2009 6:26:45 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 513+ views
    star ledger ^ | 08.23.09
    In the midst of their protracted fight over political corruption and allegations of ethical misdeeds, Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine and Republican contender Chris Christie are having another heated battle -- this time on health policy. While the issue seems one for the wonks, it's prompted a nasty volley of charges. Through news conferences and testimonials from breast cancer survivors, Corzine's supporters say Christie is indifferent to women's health issues because he proposed a low-cost insurance plan that excludes any legally mandated health benefits. Such a plan, Corzine's allies forcefully say, would undo a law enacted five years ago that requires...
  • GPUs Deliver Mammogram-like Breast Scans In 20 Minutes

    05/29/2008 12:48:28 PM PDT · by rmlew · 7 replies · 131+ views
    Tom's Hardware ^ | May 29, 2008 | Theo Valich
    Santa Clara (CA) - Taking annual mammograms is generally recommended for women with an age of 35 years and above. But these radiology procedures are inconvenient and can actually be painful, since the breast needs to be squeezed between two metal plates. TechniScan has developed a new method to scan a breast - a method that is based on the processing capability of GPUs to deliver 3D images, which could replace traditional mammograms one day. It is a fascinating example how we can take advantage of the enormous progress in technology to save lives. We don’t really have to go...
  • Google-like process for mammogram images speeds up computer's second opinions

    08/01/2006 6:36:21 PM PDT · by RightWingAtheist · 5 replies · 352+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | July 26 2006 | None given
    To help computers provide faster "second opinions" on mammogram images showing suspicious-looking breast masses, medical physicists at Duke University are employing a Google-like approach that retrieves useful information from an existing mammogram database within three seconds. Rather than comparing the mammogram image in question to every image of breast cancer in a computer database, the new approach compares the mammogram in question to selected images that are most highly ranked for their information content. This is analogous to how a Google search first returns a list of only those websites that it determines to have the most important and useful...
  • Important New (and Tentative) Research on Risks of Mammograms for Women with BRCA Mutations

    06/27/2006 9:36:01 AM PDT · by drsbb · 260+ views
    Journal of Clinical Oncology ^ | June 26, 2006 | Nadine Andrieu and coauthors
    JCO Early Release, published online ahead of print Jun 26 2006 Journal of Clinical Oncology, 10.1200/JCO.2005.03.3126 Effect of Chest X-Rays on the Risk of Breast Cancer Among BRCA1/2 Mutation Carriers in the International BRCA1/2 Carrier Cohort Study Nadine Andrieu and others. Purpose: Women who carry germline mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are at greatly increased risk of breast cancer (BC). Numerous studies have shown that moderate to high doses of ionizing radiation are a risk factor for BC. Because of the role of the BRCA proteins in DNA repair, we hypothesized that BRCA carriers might be more sensitive...
  • Study Shows M.R.I. Scans Are Better Finding Tumors

    07/28/2004 9:59:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies · 645+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 29, 2004 | NA
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS In women at high risk of breast cancer, new research suggests that M.R.I. scans find nearly twice as many tumors as mammograms do, but that they cost a lot and trigger more unneeded biopsies. Ordinary mammograms are still recommended for screening most women, starting at age 50. But the benefit of better detection from M.R.I., or magnetic resonance imaging, may outweigh its drawbacks for those with a strong family history of breast cancer or faulty genes. M.R.I. may also make monitoring a less dangerous option for women who choose it instead of having their healthy breasts...