All my life, all I’ve heard from the medical establishment is “preventative medicine, preventative medicine, preventative medicine.” You could never test too early or too often. But ever since Obamacare, with which the government is going to have to miraculously produce vast reductions in medical expenditures, we’ve been hearing more and more along the lines of, hey, all those tests we’ve been promoting may not actually be necessary. In fact, they may even be harmful. Yeah, that’s the ticket!
Now even the queen mother of all awareness-raising medical tests, the mammogram, is under fire, along with it’s biggest promoter, Susan G. Koman for the Cure:
A national breast cancer charity is being accused of using misleading statistics to convince women to have mammograms, according to a paper published Thursday in the British Medical Journal.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s mammography campaign during breast cancer awareness month last October has come under fire from professors Steven Woloshin and Lisa Schwartz at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, who say the foundation overstated the benefits of the procedure and totally ignored the risks.
“The most important harm is overdiagnosis — screening can find cancers that were never destined to cause harm because it grows so slowly or can go away on its own,” he said.
“It would never have harmed you, you would never have known about it and you would have lived your whole life and died from something else. These people get treated. They get radiation, chemotherapy, surgery and it’s all unnecessary. “
The problem of overdiagnosis is present for every test, and has been since the first medicine man started waving chicken intestines over their patients to check for haunted stomach disease. Only now are we hearing so much about all the problems with very common and potentially costly tests. I wonder why.
This, even after Koman made itself the lapdog for Planned Parenthood by capitulating in their recent funding battle. Thanks for all the abortion money, suckers!