quoted on the current mammogram crisis in america

sheeple

shee·ple
SHēpəl/

noun

informalderogatory
plural noun: sheeple
people compared to sheep in being docile, foolish, or easily led.
“by the time the sheeple wake up and try to change things, it will be too late” 
 

I have never been accused of being among the sheeple. Certainly not when it comes to breast cancer. But many women, right or wrong are complacent about their health and what we deserve in as far as treatment as women living in the land of the free.

Recently I shared my thoughts with you my readers about how I felt about the American Cancer Society and their…ummmm…new views/guidelines on mammograms. As a matter of fact this has so disturbed me that I have written two posts on it to date.

I guess this post counts as three.

About ten days ago I was contacted by a reporter named Alicia Booth. She writes for LifeZette.

LifeZette‘s mission is contained in its moniker: Life. Explained. Each day the site captures the wonder, the complexity, the frustration and the joys of life in all its variety. It was started by radio personality Laura Ingraham.

Anyway, I gave Alicia a call and here we are. The article launched today. Below is an excerpt, and I hope you read the entire article.

Mammogram Miscues

Why confusion remains over changed guidelines

The controversial and often confusing argument over when a woman should have her first screening mammogram has taken yet another turn. This turn, however, may lead to agreement.

The president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is trying to streamline the medical community’s advice. Dr. Mark DeFrancesco announced he will be taking the lead in putting together what he called a “consensus conference” in January…..DeFrancesco also wrote the conference’s goal will be “to develop a consistent set of uniform guidelines for breast cancer screening that can be implemented nationwide.”

In the meantime, though, ACOG’s advice hasn’t changed.

“We still recommend annual screening for women starting at age 40, along with clinical breast exams,” he wrote.

In October, the American Cancer Society shook up the medical community by announcing that most women can start annual screenings at age 45, versus age 40, and every other year after the age of 55.

…One Chester County, Pennsylvania, survivor who blogs about breast cancer is especially concerned.

“If I hadn’t gotten mammograms, I could be dead, and that’s all that I kept thinking about when I saw that the guidelines had changed,” 51-year-old Carla Zambelli told LifeZette.

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