Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Compelled


Because of the recent government panel's change in recommendations for breast cancer screening, I feel urged to give a reaction. The new government recommendation is for women to have mammograms once every other year, beginning at the age of 50. In addition, the panel has stated that breast self-exams are basically of no value.
Women, this is ridiculous. Totally and completely absurd. You DO need to do breast self-exams on a monthly basis, and women 40 and over DO need to have annual mammograms.
I cannot effectively communicate the passion that I have for this topic. It struck such a chord in me. It is because of breast self-exams that I was immediately worried when my tumor popped up. I knew that my breasts had changed. I had been doing breast self-exams.
So, please, please, please check your breasts every single month. Please, please, please get an annual mammogram if you're 40 or over. Know your breasts. You owe it to yourself!

4 comments:

podso said...

I can't help but wonder if the indication that breast self exam is of no use is because too many women would be asking for mammograms. True there would be false alarms but many cancers would be caught this way. This is just a sample of what the future may become. Great post! Keep being an advocate!

Meagan said...

This news is so scary to me! I'm worried about all of the people that cannot financially afford to pay for a mammogram every other year if they chose to do it annually. so scary. They are so important!

from our front porch... said...

Yes, it is scary. I have been getting a mammogram every year since I turned 35. I have no history in either side of my family. But a mammogram gives me the power over my body. Telling women not to self-test is mind-blowing.
This is the beginning of rationed healthcare. We will be told either we are too young or too old for certain tests.
What a debacle this has become.
misha

the undomesticated wife said...

I was furious when I heard this!

It's also because of a self exam (actually, 2 separate ones) that I found 2 lumps on 2 different occasions.