More Evidence That Scaremongering Takes Lives

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  • 02/06/2007
A couple of months ago was attacked by a group called Breast Cancer Action for their scaremongering about the risks of mammograms for women under 50. Now it seems like that organization's efforts are also paying off:

Fewer Mammograms Means More Breast Cancer Deaths

It is a small statistic in a straightforward report. But its impact and implications are potentially huge.

From 2000 to 2005, the percentage of women age 40 and over who received a mammogram within the previous two years fell from 76.4 percent to 74.6 percent — a 1.8 percent drop.

Because in real terms, this means that thousands of women may have undetected breast cancer and could potentially miss the opportunity to save their own lives.

This wasn't really unexpected by those of us who try to keep up with current mammography practices.

My colleagues at the American Cancer Society noted a year ago that there had been a decline in mammography-screening compliance. We were also aware that there appeared to be a decline in mammography in women on Medicare, a group that is at particularly high risk of developing breast cancer."

I would like to attribute the decline to complacency (mammograms are paid for) or a fear of finding out but studies suggest otherwise. Instead, the small fall off reflects an offshoot of a growing trend of people getting medical advice from scam artists and enemies of medical progress who themselves have a financial or ideological agenda....

Now, who would you trust? Organizations that ultimately have a goal in making people healthy who make money in the process or people who make their money and get their publicity by scaring people away from seeking out and obtaining care that can save their lives? (Scientologists, Breast Cancer Action, Joseph Mercola, Kevin Trudeau, Public Citizen)

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