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!