New Mammography Guidleines – Who Called it "Gendercide"

Well this just keeps getting better and better-and I have a message for Nancy Snyderman MD on MSNBC – yes I ration my food but that is my own personal choice – this is not the same type of rationing and what I choose to ration into my daily diet is not going to cost the government a damn dime.

Here is a fantastic link for a wonderful article from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704204304574543721253688720.html

This morning I received an email from the Komen Organization and here is that email:

Dear Carole,

Disagreements among breast cancer experts come and go.One thing hasn’t changed: vulnerable populations of women don’t have access to life-saving screenings.

Ensure all women have access to mammograms – sign our petition today!

You’ve no doubt heard the news this week about the new recommendations concerning mammography screening.

While this shows that there is disagreement among experts about when mammograms should begin and on what schedule, all agree that mammograms save lives – in women over 50 and women in their 40s.

Sign our petition and help us ensure that all women have access to this life-saving screening.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s recommendations could significantly change breast cancer screening approaches. And while these recommendations are not binding, they are often consulted by health care providers and insurance companies.

Most breast cancer experts agree far more than they disagree. One thing that the evidence clearly shows is that mammography reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer. Susan G. Komen for the Cure® continues to recommend annual mammography beginning at age 40 for women of average risk and earlier for women with known risks for breast cancer

Mammography is not perfect, but until we can develop more precise screening methods and can more accurately predict which women are at risk for breast cancer it is still our best tool for early detection.

Please sign our petition and help make sure there are no barriers for women to get the mammograms they need.

While controversies like this one make for good headlines, we must not lose sight of the fact that one third of all women who should get a mammogram don’t, because they lack access, education or awareness.

This is an issue that needs our focus and attention. If we make progress with screening in vulnerable populations, we will continue to make progress in the fight against breast cancer.

The Komen Advocacy Alliance will continue to advocate for women in this country and will push to ensure that all women have access to mammography.

Sign our petition today >>

Thanks for your support on this urgent issue.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Luray
President, Komen Advocacy Alliance

I posted a comment on MSNBC yesterday stating in my opinion it is about trust and when someone tells you to stop doing something or change the way you are doing things without offering an alternative solution how can they expect to be believed?  We have nothing else and mammography is the gold standard.

This is a personal decision for women to make, I fully understand that and I also understand there are women who will say “Whew I don’t have to have one.”  I admire their guts – but until we have a good alternative I urge everyone to talk this over with your health care provider and make a decision you can live with- because it is about living a long healthy life isn’t it????

Love,

Carole

PS Who did call it gendercide?

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