Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Breast cancer screening

This is an excellent article. It puts it all into perspective. No more pre-cancer mastectomies. Be aware that there are many non-cancerous lumps. Screening tests do not screen well.

'Yes, breast cancer is a major killer. An estimated 5,100 Canadian women (and 55 men) will die of breast cancer this year. But these cases occur overwhelmingly in women in their 70s and 80s. That is not to suggest they are unimportant, but we will all die of something.'

2. Why I support the new breast cancer screening guidelines
DR. CORNELIA BAINESTo sum up, a number of reasons explain why some do not like the guidelines. Women are afraid of breast cancer and have faith in mammography. Doctors fear litigation if they fail to recommend screening for a woman who subsequently develops breast cancer. And even when doctors are informed about expert guidelines, many tend to ignore them. Politicians, especially in the U.S. are loathe to provoke the ladies with pink ribbons. Last but not least are very real but usually ignored conflicts of interest.

Dr. Cornelia Baines, professor emerita, Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Michigan State University Radiology Department Mammographer Jackie Riley, left, prepares Jean Lockwood for a digital mammogram in East Lansing, Mich., Oct. 22, 2001.

3. Why the new breast cancer screening guidelines make sense

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011

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