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CFTC Speaks Out
The American Cancer Society has come out with new guidelines regarding mammograms and screening, changing the standard practice of more than two decades. The new guidelines call for annual mammograms at age 45 rather than 40; mammograms for women age 55 – 65 every two years, and recommended against annual physician breast checks for women at any age.
The logic given was that these new guidelines would reduce over diagnosis and false positives resulting in unnecessary anxiety and costly treatment. This also supports the new medical thinking that a subset of cancer tumors may never grow enough to harm a patient. What this doesn’t address is the fact that breast cancer is one of the leading killers of women in the U.S.; 225,000 women are diagnosed with this disease each year; and 41,000 women die.
Nothing was mentioned to my knowledge regarding the importance of monthly self-checks, and NO alternative solutions were given to address the real fear to every woman on the planet regarding the possibility of getting breast cancer. If you have a history of breast cancer, a fairly clear path has been written out for you. But for those with dense breasts and/or for the more than 50% of women who can get cancer without a family history… is the ACS asking us to just wait and see? What about those women over 65? Are we too old to care about getting mammograms?
I don’t know about you but I am confused and angry that some group (that sounds a lot like it's made up primarily of men) are making recommendations regarding women's lives. How about this… We won’t tell you how to manage your penis, if you'll stop telling women how to manage their boobs!
Millions of volunteers have participated in clinical trials to help find out more about the effects of treatments on disease, yet that important ethical principle about reporting has been widely ignored. Information on what was done and what was found in these trials could be lost forever to doctors and researchers, leading to bad treatment decisions, missed opportunities for good medicine, and trials being repeated
Trials with negative results are twice as likely to remain unreported as those with positive results. This means that people who make decisions about medicines don’t have full information about the benefits and risks of treatments we use every day.
All trials should be registered and all trial results need to be reported. Transparency is the key to solving many of the health issues plaguing us today. There is so much that we can learn from both successful and unsuccessful trials and we owe it to the volunteer patients who have participated in these trials to be counted. Some people have literally given their lives so that others can benefit from the knowledge obtained from clinical trial data. No drug company or university lab has the right to dictate what data gets published. Standards need to be established, monitored, and enforced worldwide.
Critters For The Cure supports the brilliant scientific and medical minds that have created potential life-saving drugs and test kits, and the volunteer patients who risk their lives for “the cure” or “improved or extended life.” From some of our greatest failures comes our greatest discovery. Let neither ego nor greed get in the way knowledge. #AllTrials #CFTC
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