Do I really need this? - Hawaii News

Do I really need this? - Hawaii News

There are 23 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Nov 25, 2009, titled Do I really need this? - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Local doctors say "yes" despite a federal task force suggestion to delay breast screenings until age 50 By Helen Altonn POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 25, 2009 Return to Paginated View Dr.

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willie

Plymouth, MI

#1 Nov 25, 2009
"The 16-member task force, an independent group of experts appointed by the Department of Health and Human Services"

Be nice if that panel included cancer experts or radiologists instead of pediatricans etc....expect more of this as we approach socialized medicine....the list of what you CAN have will be much shorter than what you CAN'T have.
allfedup

Ewa Beach, HI

#2 Nov 25, 2009
the governments health SUCKS.....if it passes this country will soon disolve.....i just cant see how our politicians can come up with IDIOTIC ideas such as this RIDICULOUS health plan.....we need to stop this NOW
kulanui

San Diego, CA

#3 Nov 25, 2009
My wife died at age 44 of breast cancer which was discovered four years earlier. So, to all women, take control of your own health. Advise from doctors is good, but make your own decisions pased on what you feel and think. you know your body best.
Welfare state

Honolulu, HI

#4 Nov 25, 2009
Insurance companies saving $$$. Do it!!! And yes insist that any and all exams be done beginning in your 20's. It is really sad when we have a breast cancer or colon cancer patient in their 20's die.
It's your life. TEST TEST TEST
djs

Honolulu, HI

#5 Nov 25, 2009
My cousin died in her 40's from breast cancer. My great grandfather's sister died at age 38. Don't wait because some misguided panel relied on charts and graphs to make a decision.

And Willie, hate to point out to you, but insurance companies already decide what tests you can and can't have, not your doctor, not the govt.

I was required to have a totally unnecessary Xray before I could get approval for an MRI. Ever try to have crown work done on your teeth? It requires pre-approval from your dental insurance company.
Government Health Care

Honolulu, HI

#6 Nov 25, 2009
First the government wants to have Nationalized Health Care which will increase our debt to the tens of trillions more than what it already is by increasing taxes, something that Obama said he was against doing. Now we hear that they are going to FORCE women to only get breast screenings after the age of 50, then for every 2 years after. WTF! This is why you don't let the government run your lives. They got the banks, auto industry, and now your health. I can guarantee that those female politicians who vote for this will not have the same health care as all of us. Will they only get breast screenings every two years? Will they give their daughters breast screenings until they are 50? Hawaii members of congress all voted for this bill. They need to be run out of office.
willie

Plymouth, MI

#7 Nov 25, 2009
djs wrote:
And Willie, hate to point out to you, but insurance companies already decide what tests you can and can't have, not your doctor, not the govt.
That is true, based on your policy. I was talking about when the government policy will THE only policy...you better either have the cash to get tested or expect a shorter lifespan.

Being pre approved for a crown is not exactly the same as at what age you get a mamogram or how often. The crown is an actual proceedure, the mamogram a test....plus last I heard (at least for now) dental is not part of the health care reform and I hope it stays that way.....
Jerry Okamura

Hilo, HI

#8 Nov 25, 2009
Would this be an issue, if a woman paid for her own examination? Or is this an issue, because they are not paying for their own examination?
Obama Cares

United States

#9 Nov 25, 2009
Rationing: Threat To Your Mammograms

http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/main/ArticlesM...
Pill

Honolulu, HI

#10 Nov 25, 2009
First of all as Americans we have the worst diet in the world so chances of us getting breast and colon cancer is strong. Men can get breast cancer too. The fat doctor on the panel...who was smirking on Larry King's show...she should get her exam soon. My friend recently found she had breast cancer after missing 1.5 yr exam. The insurance will only pay every 10 yrs for colon exam. Isn't this all about saving $. I have no sympathy that HMSA lost a lot of money. They care nothing about our life.
GoFly88

Wailuku, HI

#11 Nov 25, 2009
Please check out Thermography as an early detection alternative, it detects potential problems YEARS before a mamogram will ever pick up anything. AND there is no exposure to rediation on our delicate over 40 glandular system, etc..
Linda Fickes in Hawaii Kai performs these and goes all over the islands.
Thanks to early detection I got my estrogen and adrenal glands in balance and I know I have averted tons of medical problems I would have had in my later years!!
1kanaka

Honolulu, HI

#12 Nov 25, 2009
I am a 44yr. old male whose mother had one of her breasts removed about two years ago due to breast cancer. Before my mother had breast cancer I didn't give it a second thought because I always thought that it woudn't happen to one of my close family members but now I fear for my wife, her mother, my two daughters and any other woman that gets this disease. I strongly believe that all women get a mammogram regularly because this disease doesn't only affect them but it also affects everyone in their lives and age shouldn't be a factor on when you get them. Don't wait until it's too late.
realmerv

Honolulu, HI

#13 Nov 25, 2009
The panel's decision gives the health insurance companies like HMSA, HMA and Kaiser an excuse to deny mammograms for women under the age of 50. As health costs keep increasing, the insurance companies will look at this decision and increase the age for routine mammograms.

Only the more affluent will be able to afford paying for the exams on their own in their 40s while the rest will play Russian roulette will cancer.

Since: Feb 08

Kaneohe, Hawaii

#14 Nov 25, 2009
At age 46 I was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. The 1"+ lump was deep & the doctor felt it only because "the tests told him where it was." It'd appeared after a clean mammo just one year earlier. I had no danger signs (e.g. family hist) so who knows why I received this diagnosis.

Now I should've waited 'til I was 50? Tell that to my 4 kids (then 8-15...) whose mother would now be dead. If this is what govt health care 'll be like, then I don't want it.
Von

Aiea, HI

#15 Nov 25, 2009
As a male I must say I do not need those things. It's very silly

For women however I must say of course you better check your breasts for cancer as many times as you like.

Women are way to quit when it comes to this issue and I do have a few friends that lost both breasts just because they waited too long.

There is no such thing as to many tests unless you're dead!
Oahu Portagee

Pearl City, HI

#16 Nov 25, 2009
Instead of spending so much time and energy discussing DETECTION of breast cancer, let's focus on PREVENTING this disease! How do you reduce the risk or prevent the disease:

Regular exercise, don't smoke, don't drink alcohol, don't become overweight or obese. Eat large amounts of fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Limit meat and dairy products to no more than a few small servings per day. Eliminate processed foods, such as white flour and white sugar. Exercise every single day.

If every American woman did her part and did these things, breast cancer rates would plummet.
Von

Aiea, HI

#17 Nov 25, 2009
Oahu Portagee wrote:
Instead of spending so much time and energy discussing DETECTION of breast cancer, let's focus on PREVENTING this disease! How do you reduce the risk or prevent the disease:
Regular exercise, don't smoke, don't drink alcohol, don't become overweight or obese. Eat large amounts of fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Limit meat and dairy products to no more than a few small servings per day. Eliminate processed foods, such as white flour and white sugar. Exercise every single day.
If every American woman did her part and did these things, breast cancer rates would plummet.
You wish! It's just not that easy. Don't eat meat or any animal products. Don't eat fish or eggs because of the pollution. Don't go outside in bright sunlight because of the ozone layer being depletion. Don't watch TV or talk on the cell phone because of extreme radiation poisoning. When you breathe air you should wear a gas mask and the list goes on and on. Woman's bra's have all kinds of textile poisoning woven in them also. A little carrot juice just does not cut it anymore. You forget to mention tension the worst cancer generating thing in the universe.
Radsurfer

Waipahu, HI

#18 Nov 25, 2009
Improve breast cancer screening- don't deny it. A recent study showed automated whole breast ultrasound together with mammography doubled the number cancers found in women with dense breasts. Another new ultrasound test elastrography can noninvasively predict if lesions are benign or cancer with 98-99% confidence. Together with mammography, these should enable younger women, who tend to have dense breasts to be more confidently screened. Elastrography should improve screening, with fewer unnecessary biopsies.
Radsurfer

Waipahu, HI

#19 Nov 25, 2009
A 2004 study by the Institute of Medicine found the availability of mammography in a community decreases breast cancer mortality by 20-30 %, and those patients who are routinely screened with mammography see a 50% reduction in mortality. The recent Swedish seven county mammography study showed a decrease in the breast cancer death rate of 44%.

The task force determined that screening 1,300 women in their 50's to save one life is worth it, but screening 1,900 women in their 40's to save a life is not, according the the American Cancer Society's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Otis Brawley.
A concerned woman

Wahiawa, HI

#20 Nov 25, 2009
How about asking physicians who DON'T have a vested interest in income from doing either mammogramsor breast biopsies? Epidemiologists or primary care physicians who understand the science behind the Task Force reasoning should also be heard!!

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