What do you all think of these? (Don’t get mammograms until you’re 50 and don’t do self-exams, for those that haven’t heard.)
If I was the paranoid conspiracy theory type that I am I would think this is a taste of what government healthcare will be. The same stuff HMOs do that cost lives but worse.
Mammograms aren’t perfect for both false positives and negatives, that costs money with further testing so they throw the baby out with the bathwater to save a buck. If it costs lives so be it.
What really makes me think that way is the self-exam part of the new recommendations. Why on earth would they say not to check yourself for suspicious changes? Shouldn’t everyone be doing that to every part of their body?
“Ehh, don’t bother keeping an eye on any moles.”
Everyone I know who’s had breast cancer had it before they were 50. Those that have died from it didn’t catch it early.
I’m waiting for them to come out with a similar recommendation about not checking for testicular cancer until after 50 since it’s extremely rare after 40 and has a good cure rate if caught early.