Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Is It Just Me?

The other day I heard a news report that reported a new government task force has recommended women be advised to get mammograms starting at age 50 instead of age 40 and then just get one every two years instead of annually. Since I heard this on the way to work, I promptly forgot about it. After all, I'm a guy; what do I care?

But the more I thought about it, the less I believed I heard it correctly. After all, I know many women who were diagnosed with breast cancer in their 40s. I thought I really heard the report wrong. The government couldn't be recommending women between the ages of 40 and 50 ignore the number-two leading cause of death for women. So I looked it up. Yep, I heard it correctly. The government task force is recommending the first mammogram at age 50 and then every two years after that! I was aghast!

My daughter's mother passed away at age 55 from breast cancer that was diagnosed when she was 42. She had 13 more years due to early detection and aggressive treatment. Now, due to what the government is advocating, this diagnosis would likely have been missed.

I wonder why?

Could it be the government has found a way to reduce healthcare costs? After all, if a whole decade of mammograms aren't performed, then millions of dollars would certainly be saved from healthcare costs! Perhaps, I'm being cynical. Perhaps, I'm being distrustful. Either way, I will make sure my daughter gets her first mammogram at age 40, regardless of what any government says. Her life is too precious to me to be trusted to a task force.

Is it just me who thinks this way?


Mike said...

I agree. It's just the beginning of trying to manipulate who lives and dies. Healthcare costs need to be curbed but the proposed plan is way too radical.

Anonymous said...

I'm over 60. And I remember when I was just a kid, I watched my generation drift into the hippy generation. Many of them smoked pot, did all sorts of drugs, and showed no respect for their elders. I remember thinking at the time, "What is this country going to be like when this generation becomes the adults?". Well, now I know.

When Clinton was in office, I saw the office of president go from a position of highest respect, to one of no respect. And now, we have a president surrounded by communists and socialists who intend to destroy the freedoms that made this country great, all for power. I see political correctness totally out of control in the name of "fairness". And what's worse, I see Christians willing to keep silent so as not to "force" their beliefs on others. Muslims are not bashful about forcing their beliefs on others. And if we don't put a stop to it soon, our children will find themselves in poverty and submission to a cruel leadership.

Just a thought. About half of the voters in this country are women. How many of them would like to live under the rule of Muslim men who feel free to beat them or kill them if they don't "obey"? By the way. When the U.S. becomes a Muslim ruled country, women's right to vote will be no more. Maybe the women as well as us men should express their concern for their future in the way they vote, before it's too late.

It's time we stopped making excuses for Muslims by saying, "It's only a few radicals who are the problem.". Odd, isn't it, how those radicals almost always seem to be Muslims? Remember that Islam does not tolerate non-Muslims. Their numbers are growing faster than any other group in the world. And when they become the majority, they well "actively" seek to submit the rest of the world to be their slaves.

Wake up America. It's time we started voting with our faith instead of our party.

Anonymous said...

I thought the same thing as you. The
government showed their hand on health care early and it does not look good.

Anonymous said...

especially when the panel didn't have a single oncologist(cancer specialist) on it!