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    The logic of course is Annual Premium = Annual test.

    No matter that there are in excess of 30% false positives leading to further test and possibly needless operations on abnormalities that would not progress to breast cancer. Not to mention the increased exposure to radiation possibly causing cancers itself.

    If a doctor is paid on the basis of the profits he brings to the company (hospital or practice), there is a direct financial incentive to order more test and this has been demonstrated to be the case.

    The new UK guidelines for asymptomatic women with no hereditary risk factors are that they receive nine rounds of mammography between the ages of 47 and 73 with a guarantee of a test before age 50.

    "Israel was born out of Jewish terrorism." Sir Gerald Kaufman, British MP and son of Holocaust survivor.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Thu Nov 19, 2009 at 08:13:17 AM PST

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