Nov 17, 2009

Rant about CHANGE in Breast Mammogram Guidelines

We were told CHANGE would come when the present administration was elected into office, and we've seen a lot of it. Today the big news is the CHANGE that the Federal government is looking to make in Mammogram guidelines, and if those changes come, you can be sure it's going to affect what is and isn't covered by your insurance company....and not for the better. I believe this is all part of what we have to look forward to with the present administration's "health care reform", it's just the beginning.

According to new guidelines woman from the age of 40-50 no longer need mammograms. How many of you know woman who are in their 40's, even in their late 30's that have had breast cancer? I can rattle off names in my head, and I'm sure you can too, some have survived thanks to early intervention, only one dear friend has not.

As for how often you should be examined after age 50, they say every other year. My doctor has encouraged me to go every year, but must admit I only go every other, if that. So that one I am not overly concerned about...but what about those who are at high-risk of getting breast cancer, will there be exceptions for them?

And wow, now we don't even have to do breast self-examinations! They are now considered to be useless!! Phew, what a relief not to have to worry about that one every month! Forgive the sarcasm, that is something I do quite regularly, as recently as this morning, who better than you woman reading this can know how your breasts are supposed to feel, and will be first to notice any change?

All of this, in my opinion, boils down to cutting back funding, in this case money needed to protect our health, in order to help make up for a small fraction of the trillions in bail-out money, etc. that has been thrown around for the past several months...and I'm afraid we're going to see more of it.

The American Cancer Society DOES NOT approve of the new guidelines, by the way, and I haven't included everything in this post.

I wonder how many blog posts today have referred to the Feds who made these decisions as "boobs"? I hope some of them, or those who were part of the "task force" reviewing this matter, have them, or have been touched personally by a family member or close friend who has had breast cancer, if not, they shouldn't be making our decisions for us.

Related Posts:

Breasts, Bras and Health Care Reform
Breast Feeding and it's Health Benefits

Food and Cancer Connection (Breasts, Ovarian)
Healthy Breasts and Breast Cancer Awareness Month

No comments:

Post a Comment