Roundup: Health Care Reform a "No-Brainer", Re-thinking Mammograms?
Posted Oct 22 2009 10:02pm
If You're A Woman, Healthcare Reform Should Be a "No-Brainer"
It's what Deborah Kotz at US News & World Report has to say today, in a thorough and uplifting post today about women and health care reform efforts, Why Women Should Push for Healthcare Reform. The piece discusses the much-covered (on this site and many others) issue of gender discrimination and health care reform but wraps things up on a positive note, as she quotes Marcia Greenberger of the National Women's Law Center:
But Greenberger, who also worked on the Clinton health reform bill,
says she has been maintaining her positive attitude that legislation
benefiting women will pass. "It's been energizing. The fact that we now
have versions being considered in the House and Senate is further than
the country has ever gone."
Re-thinking An Overly Simplistic Breast-Cancer Message?
From the New York Times to Alternet, people are talking about breast cancer screenings and questioning the efficacy of breast-cancer screenings. From the New York Times today:
Overdiagnosis and overtreatment as a result of cancer screening are a
major concern. It is estimated that for every 100 women who are told
they have breast cancer, as many as 30 have cancers that are so slow-growing they are unlikely to be life-threatening.
"...researchers at the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Denmark and elsewhere
had raised serious questions about the benefits of mammography,
especially in women under 50 and over 70...
Freundlich goes on to explain,
"...one out of three cancer diagnoses turned out to be lesions that
either went away on their own or otherwise never progressed. In some
cases, patients would have died of something else before their symptoms
Meanwhile, the women who received these diagnoses likely went on to
have surgery to remove the lesion or the entire breast, radiation and
chemotherapy. This seems a substantial cost—both in terms of a woman's
psychological and physical health and in terms of health care dollars
-- for questionable gains."
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