New advice from GOVT...what a bunch of idiots!

Sam726
Sam726 Member Posts: 233
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
The government has lost their mind. They say women at low risk for breast cancer dont need mammograms before age 50?? I am outraged....I am 33, no BC history in my family. Just saw on the news..it makes me sick.
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  • tasha_111
    tasha_111 Member Posts: 2,072
    Yep
    It was just the same in England 7 years ago.... the powers that be decided breast screening should start at 50. Makes sense doesn't it.....?
    Don't catch it until it's REALLY taken hold then they don't have to pay us pensions cos we won't make it to 60!
    Hugs Sam..........Jxxxxxxxxxxx
  • carkris
    carkris Member Posts: 4,553 Member
    tasha_111 said:

    Yep
    It was just the same in England 7 years ago.... the powers that be decided breast screening should start at 50. Makes sense doesn't it.....?
    Don't catch it until it's REALLY taken hold then they don't have to pay us pensions cos we won't make it to 60!
    Hugs Sam..........Jxxxxxxxxxxx

    yes i was going to post
    yes i was going to post about this. how many young people do we see diagnosed.? My first time I was 34. So many young women posting here and I see in treatment. Also My daughters will have to start 10 years before my age a t diagnosis. i worry about this so much.
  • helen e
    helen e Member Posts: 223
    tasha_111 said:

    Yep
    It was just the same in England 7 years ago.... the powers that be decided breast screening should start at 50. Makes sense doesn't it.....?
    Don't catch it until it's REALLY taken hold then they don't have to pay us pensions cos we won't make it to 60!
    Hugs Sam..........Jxxxxxxxxxxx

    Here's the link to story
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091116/ap_on_he_me/us_med_mammogram_advice

    I'm 44 and a mammo caught my lump in September. It was stage 1, I can't imagine what would have happened if I'd waited until I was 50 to get my first mammo. I got my first at 35 because of family history. It also says that self breast exams are usless and women should be told not to do them. How many men were on the panel? And how many women who have had breast cancer were consultated? I bet the answer for women is 0!!!
    Stupid government, run by males of course.
  • carkris
    carkris Member Posts: 4,553 Member
    helen e said:

    Here's the link to story
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091116/ap_on_he_me/us_med_mammogram_advice

    I'm 44 and a mammo caught my lump in September. It was stage 1, I can't imagine what would have happened if I'd waited until I was 50 to get my first mammo. I got my first at 35 because of family history. It also says that self breast exams are usless and women should be told not to do them. How many men were on the panel? And how many women who have had breast cancer were consultated? I bet the answer for women is 0!!!
    Stupid government, run by males of course.

    I have very vigilant
    I have very vigilant followup and found my cancers myself. SBE so important. Along with mammo, and Mri
  • Marcia527
    Marcia527 Member Posts: 2,729
    When I read women didn't
    When I read women didn't need to do self exams I thought,"What??? It's free! Why not?" I think they say before 50 so insurance companies won't have to cover it. Why else would they say something like that. They explain it as finding false positives.
  • Whoknowz
    Whoknowz Member Posts: 82
    helen e said:

    Here's the link to story
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091116/ap_on_he_me/us_med_mammogram_advice

    I'm 44 and a mammo caught my lump in September. It was stage 1, I can't imagine what would have happened if I'd waited until I was 50 to get my first mammo. I got my first at 35 because of family history. It also says that self breast exams are usless and women should be told not to do them. How many men were on the panel? And how many women who have had breast cancer were consultated? I bet the answer for women is 0!!!
    Stupid government, run by males of course.

    They are idiots
    I found mine in a SBE, and almost everybody I've met in person during this found their tumor themselves. If women aren't supposed to get mammos or do SBE, is there supposed to ba a bc stork to deliver the news? Good grief
  • chipoo
    chipoo Member Posts: 32
    Marcia527 said:

    When I read women didn't
    When I read women didn't need to do self exams I thought,"What??? It's free! Why not?" I think they say before 50 so insurance companies won't have to cover it. Why else would they say something like that. They explain it as finding false positives.

    wow
    My cancer was found with by my regular mamogram and I am 43. I am just so glad that I went regularly.
  • newbiefromcananda
    newbiefromcananda Member Posts: 234
    chipoo said:

    wow
    My cancer was found with by my regular mamogram and I am 43. I am just so glad that I went regularly.

    crazy eh??? I am 38!!! they
    crazy eh??? I am 38!!! they don't know anything.....
  • shortscake
    shortscake Member Posts: 228
    wow
    That is so crazy do they not understand that bc has no age.
  • Sunrae
    Sunrae Member Posts: 808

    wow
    That is so crazy do they not understand that bc has no age.

    Dr. Susan Love
    I heard the news today. Tonight Dr. Love was on the Nightly NBC News and she agreed with the finding. I've had mammograms for almost 20 years since I was high risk and was beginning to think they were worthless. Almost everyone I've known over the years found their tumor, lump, abnormality, etc. themselves. But after coming on this board I see so many younger women with bc, there has to be value to early mammograms. Now they won't be paid for under the new guidelines if I understand all this correct. Was just wondering how many of you found something yourself before having a mammogram?
  • Sam726
    Sam726 Member Posts: 233
    Sunrae said:

    Dr. Susan Love
    I heard the news today. Tonight Dr. Love was on the Nightly NBC News and she agreed with the finding. I've had mammograms for almost 20 years since I was high risk and was beginning to think they were worthless. Almost everyone I've known over the years found their tumor, lump, abnormality, etc. themselves. But after coming on this board I see so many younger women with bc, there has to be value to early mammograms. Now they won't be paid for under the new guidelines if I understand all this correct. Was just wondering how many of you found something yourself before having a mammogram?

    33
    I found a lump myself...and I am not high risk so never had a mammogram. I think that women should have the right to have one. I dont believe the govt should dictate our choice. Now less and less will have them because insurance wont pay.
  • e_hope
    e_hope Member Posts: 370
    Its crazy.... it's just so
    Its crazy.... it's just so insurance companies wont have to pay for the screenings I'm sure (HELL I'm still fighting with the insurance company to pay for the breast MRI I had, that they said is unnecessary).... and wait if this freaken government run health care goes through we better all watch out... I am only 36... I personally think the age should be lowered to 30 for a baseline (not saying at 30 they need to be yearly but a least a baseline one and than every other year till 40...NOT raised to 50... it all comes down to $$$$$$$$$

    and what is so stupid about changing the age ^ is the purpose of the mammo is not only to find lumps but to WATCH for changes over time in the breast because no two breast are alike.. what is normal for one can be abnormal for another woman...
  • lanie940
    lanie940 Member Posts: 490
    e_hope said:

    Its crazy.... it's just so
    Its crazy.... it's just so insurance companies wont have to pay for the screenings I'm sure (HELL I'm still fighting with the insurance company to pay for the breast MRI I had, that they said is unnecessary).... and wait if this freaken government run health care goes through we better all watch out... I am only 36... I personally think the age should be lowered to 30 for a baseline (not saying at 30 they need to be yearly but a least a baseline one and than every other year till 40...NOT raised to 50... it all comes down to $$$$$$$$$

    and what is so stupid about changing the age ^ is the purpose of the mammo is not only to find lumps but to WATCH for changes over time in the breast because no two breast are alike.. what is normal for one can be abnormal for another woman...

    Who can we write to? Can we
    Who can we write to? Can we lobby somewhere and tell them what a bunch of flaming arseholes they are? My best friend found hers at age 25! Her Dr. farted around with her breast concerns for 4 months, she went to another Dr. He did a biopsy on oozing from her nipple, there were cancerous cells, she had a mastectomy at 25. she is doing well today at 57, she just had a prophalactic other breast removal and she will get her reconstructed one "fixed" so both her breasts match.
    I don't like the idea at all, we ladies need to do something! Screw ins companies!
  • tabutwyn
    tabutwyn Member Posts: 1
    Things that make you go "hmmmm"
    Is it me or does it seem just a little too "coincidental" that just when the government is trying to take over the American healthcare system, they decide that the cost is suddenly not worth the number of lives saved? Self-exams and yearly mammograms have saved the lives of many people I know and love. It is tragic to think that any possibility of catching it at an early stage would now be considered unnecessary and not cost-effective?! Amazing! Perhaps each of those on that panel should attend one of the many Relay For Life events and state their case in front of everyone...interesting to see the outcome.
  • lopburi
    lopburi Member Posts: 1
    No boobs but alive after 18 years
    I am a physician and almost 30 years ago in medical school we were instructed that women should have a baseline mammogram at age 35 and then regularly every 1 or 2 years after age 40.
    I asked my gyn when I was 35 if I should have one and his answer was "since you are a Dr you will get anxious if you don't have one". Mammogram revealed a very early cancer called In Situ, I had bilateral mastectomies 18 years ago and no radiation or chemo because it was caught too early.
    Now they say women get anxious while waiting for false positives? How does that compare with the anxiety of a TRUE positive. I would go to a false positive every 6 months to avoid a real positive.
    Early mammograms are not cost effective but they save lives and we women should be the ones to decide not the goverment if we want to go through that anxiety.
  • pinkflutterby
    pinkflutterby Member Posts: 615 Member
    thats nuts! I am 42 no
    thats nuts! I am 42 no history in my family at all! I was diagnosed last March with stage IV. If I waited to 50 I'd be dead!
  • AmandaMarie29
    AmandaMarie29 Member Posts: 55
    It is sooooo stupid! I
    It is sooooo stupid! I think it should start way earlier in life...I'm 29 and thank god I found the lump myself or who knows what may have happened. I don't have any history in my family either. Something has to change.
  • natly15
    natly15 Member Posts: 1,941
    The government and health
    The government and health care has gone bonkers. I'll be 67 in January, diagnosed with
    Stage 2 BC this year, and if things continue with this health care plan, I'll be put out to pasture, because I'll be a drain on the health care system and insurance companies. Seems they are getting us whether we are young women or older women. something needs to be done and now. Women can usually accomplish what men cannot, our voices need to be heard in Washington. Sam if you get a petition going I'll sign it.
  • Whoknowz
    Whoknowz Member Posts: 82
    lanie940 said:

    Who can we write to? Can we
    Who can we write to? Can we lobby somewhere and tell them what a bunch of flaming arseholes they are? My best friend found hers at age 25! Her Dr. farted around with her breast concerns for 4 months, she went to another Dr. He did a biopsy on oozing from her nipple, there were cancerous cells, she had a mastectomy at 25. she is doing well today at 57, she just had a prophalactic other breast removal and she will get her reconstructed one "fixed" so both her breasts match.
    I don't like the idea at all, we ladies need to do something! Screw ins companies!

    Here's the website
    It was the US Preventive Services Task Force that released this. It's part of the Dept. of Health and Human Services. Here's their site: http://www.ahrq.gov/CLINIC/uspstfix.htm
  • MyTurnNow
    MyTurnNow Member Posts: 2,686 Member
    I concur with everyone's
    I concur with everyone's comments on here. I, too, saw this on the news last night and wondered who fell out of bed and hit their head. This is ridiculous and we need to fight this. Let's agree to research and find out where to send our letters. I can see too many lives lost needlessly because of this!!!!!