Some doctors dispute benefits of early diagnosis
In a new book, "Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health," Dartmouth researchers and physicians H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz and Steven Woloshin argue that the medical establishment's embrace of early diagnosis and treatment as the key to keeping people healthy actually does the opposite.
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Saint Petersburg, FL
#1 Feb 11, 2011
I suggest that women put their big girl panties on and get the mammogram, because these guys are too impressed with their numbers to notice the human fact that lives ARE being saved.
They think some of the women found "didn't have their lives extended?" How the HECK do they know that for sure? They don't know how long those women would have waited for a mammogram! They might well have waited until it was too late to keep the cancer from spreading.
Such reports are just plain irresponsible. The way to protect yourselves, ladies, is to get that mammogram. If it shows a suspicious area, hitch up those big girl panties and DEAL WITH IT.
No one is immortal. You WILL die of something, but if you get those mammograms and catch cancer early, you can die like Rose did in THE TITANIC, in your sleep, contented after a long and full life, instead of prematurely, before you saw your children married or played with your grandchildren on your knee.
It's your choice. It's not those researchers' choices.
Here's the dirty little secret about research: HEADLINES COUNT. If you can come up with startling results, you get more research funds. I'm NOT saying they're crooks. They aren't, but they fall in love with their number crunching and all too often lose track of the *real* issues.
A biopsy is no big deal, and a biopsy will tell you FOR SURE that it is or isn't cancer. Women should REJOICE when asked to have a biopsy, because then you'll know for sure. They are NEVER unnecessary treatment. Never.
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