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    his is not like the mammography recommendations which were, in part, based on false equivalencies about the risk of anxiety and the risk of advanced cancer.

    that is arguably not what the panel said. They did say there's a risk to false negative biopsies and procedures, and anxiety as well -  not equivalence.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Fri Nov 20, 2009 at 07:12:17 AM PST

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    •  And don't forget the tiny but real risk of (4+ / 0-)

      causing cancer with the x-rays.

      Interesting to me is what this great hullabaloo means means in terms of health care reform.

      This is exactly and precisely the kind of thing that has to happen if we are to have meaningful reform that actually brings costs down to earth and improves care.

      This "more is better and its better to do something than nothing" mentality collides mightily with "First, do no harm".

      It is the basis for people being cheated out of fortunes by quacks.  It is clearly and plainly refuted by sad cases like Michael Jackson.

      More is more.  Better is better.  Sometimes more is better, but always, better is better.

      Free speech? Yeah, I've heard of that. Have you?

      by dinotrac on Fri Nov 20, 2009 at 07:24:10 AM PST

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        that's what I meant about the implications for health reform are enormous.

        "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

        by Greg Dworkin on Fri Nov 20, 2009 at 07:26:18 AM PST

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        •  A British study showed 1 cancer for 2000 mammos (0+ / 0-)

          My question is, did they use old equipment that gave a higher radiation dose?

          These studies may end up being very useful at better determining the risks of low level radiation.

          And, yes, DemfromCT, I singled out the statement on anxiety from what the panel said  because I disagreed with it.

          look for my DK Greenroots diary series Wednesday evening. "It's the planet, stupid."

          by FishOutofWater on Fri Nov 20, 2009 at 10:18:39 AM PST

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      •  The radiologists I work with are (4+ / 0-)
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        very concerned about the fact that all this screening and diagnostic imaging is causing cancer. One told me that she thinks that mammograms are detecting the tumors caused by earlier mammograms!

        If you take that to its logical conclusion, what you have is the greatest medical scam in history: Scare women about breast cancer. Institute a screening regimen that causes breast cancer, but detects it as well. Increase incomes of radiologists, surgeons, and oncologists. And get all the advocacy groups to buy into the scam.

        This situation can be remedied by following the data.

        All my IP addresses have been banned from Redstate.com.

        by charliehall on Fri Nov 20, 2009 at 07:50:37 AM PST

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