“Breast Self-exams Do No Good and Women Shouldn’t Be Taught To Do Them”.

Dr. Diana Petitti, vice chair of the panel

 The value of breast exams by doctors is unknown. If I go for a complete physical that includes a breast exam other wise it is just a pap smear.

Breast self-exams are of no value the government panel of doctors and scientists concluded. Screened for breast cancer so early and so often leads to too many false alarms and unneeded biopsies without substantially improving women’s odds of survival.”The benefits are less and the harms are greater when screening starts in the 40s,” said Dr. Diana Petitti, vice chair of the panel. Contact Dr. Diana Petitti at : diana.petitti@asu.edu   ask her when she got her first exam. Let her Know you do not agree with her.

 Oh REALLY? I for one am glad I learned how to do self exams because in my late 30’s ……..yes 30’s not 50’s ….I found a lump. I had a lump the size of a small grapefruit removed. Was it cancer? No. Could it have turned into cancer? Maybe. It was a solid gray mass. Was I willing to take a chance and wait to see? NO!

Women 50 to 74 should get a mammogram every other year until they turn 75, after which the risks and benefits are unknown. Oh so after 75 you may not be worth the expense?

*** The Obama administration wants to pass a universal health care. Is this how they are going to take care of us? They are going to tell doctors to stop teaching self exams and to have the doctors stop checking women’s breast until they are 50.

International guidelines also call for screening to start at age 50; the World Health Organization recommends the test every two years, Britain says every three years. The World Health Organization recommends every 2 years….humm…is the government panel of doctors going by the WHO recommendations already?

“You save more lives because breast cancer is more common, but you diagnose tumors in women who were destined to die of something else. The over diagnosis increases in older women,” Mandelblatt said. Aren’t we ALL destine to die of something? None of us get to pick how we die but all of us SHOULD get to decide our health care NOT the GOVERNMENT.

** We need to put a stop to this now!! This is just the beginning stage of the GOVERNMENT RUN HEALTH CARE. What will be next?

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