It's not the WOMEN who are fearmongering. It's the MEDIA, who don't know what they're talking about, although that hasn't stopped them.
Here's the thing, ladies. People who talk about "false positives" from mammograms have just identified themselves as medical ignoramuses, because mammograms give neither false negatives nor false positives.
They're a SCREENING tool. Just because they indentify a possible area of concern doesn't mean you have cancer. Just because they find nothing doesn't mean you DON'T have, it either.
If they find a suspicious area on a mammogram, they usually follow up with an ultrasound. That ALSO can give neither false negatives nor false positives.
A breast MRI may be used. That ALSO can give neither false negatives or false positives. It's just refining the picture more. The ultrasound and MRI can guide the doctor in doing a BIOPSY.
Biopsies virtually never give either false negatives or false positives. At that point they are looking at cells, and these people have known for a VERY long time how to distinguish cancerous from non-cancerous cells. THAT test is VERY highly diagnostic. It's the only one that is.
Here's the second thing: walk away from and refuse to pay any medical professional who is trying to "spare you anxiety." This is 19th century thinking, when the medical experts truly believed that the female psyche is markedly more fragile than the male's.
Anyone who avoids a mammogram to avoid anxiety is behaving in a delusional way, because we're all going to die some day. The question is not will you die but are you ready to die in the near future from breast cancer? Do you have young children? Then GET THAT MAMMOGRAM. It's not a guarantee but it's better than sticking your head in the sand and pretending that you can't get breast cancer.
Blaming us women for all of this is the ULTIMATE insult, but as it turns out it's just ore Obama-paranoia, which seems to know no bounds. What's the big difference between Obama and other evil democrats?
His skin color.