Longtime OB/GYN warns against the new breast cancer recommendations released by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force. These guidelines may be cost-effective, but they come at the price of human lives. When is it wrong to be safe than sorry?
The new U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommendations, published in the current issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, has set off a firestorm in the medical community. Major medical centers across the country and physicians who work in women’s healthcare have been firing back against the controversial recommendation that women between age 40 and 49 should not have routine mammograms.
“You cannot palpate or feel early breast cancer. With mammograms, we can see the calcifications that are indicative of early cancer before the patient develops any symptoms,” said Dr. James W. Brann, MD, a retired OB/GYN with 26 years of medical experience. “Breast cancer can take years to evolve into a metastatic disease. Therefore, by screening earlier, you’re able to catch and treat cancer in its beginning stages, rather than waiting the extra 10 years that are now recommended.”
Dr. Brann worries that if these new guidelines are put into practice, the breast cancer rate will increase along with the death rate.
“If you exclude human life, it is cost effective for insurance companies to pay for preventative mammograms at 50 because you will catch more disease at 50 than you would at 40. But you need to think about human life. Yo
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