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  •  The Guardian (1+ / 0-)
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    had a blog about breast cancer screening:

    One blogger wrote:

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 39 after my first mammogram. I had no identifiable risk factors and no family history of the disease. I elected to have a mammogram based on the fact that the guidelines recommended it and because I lived in Marin County, California - a place with the dubious honor of having one of the highest breast cancer rates in the country. I was diagnosed on December 22, 2006 and had a mastectomy on January 17, 2007 and am currently being treated with tamoxifen. The new guidelines feel like a step backwards in women's health. I am most appalled by one of the reasons for the recommendation - that 3 out of 4 women have a false positive and this will eliminate their anxiety. I know 3 women who had false positives - this reasoning means I would have died to eliminate the anxiety they went through. I know they would elect to experience that anxiety to save my life. Had the guidelines been in place when I was 39, I would not have survived. I am thankful that I will be spending another Thanksgiving with my 12 year old son and 7 year old daughter this year.

    •  the plural of anecdote is not data (0+ / 0-)

      bears repeating over and over. The biggest mistake the poanel made is adding 'only' to any death.  Still, the question isn't the individual story, but what the data shows for the population. Docs will deal with the individual (as they should).  The important thing is to NOT set policy based on a single story.

      "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 Sat Nov 21, 2009 at 07:45:00 AM PST

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