February 13, 2014

Results were released by The Canadian National Breast Screening Study that came to the conclusion that breast cancer screening doesn't reduce the number of women who die from breast cancer. The study was based in Canada and was conducted for over 25 years and included data collected from doctors around the country.  The study suggests annual mammograms given to women in their 40's and 50's found more cancers, but didn't save more lives.

"The authors say that in countries where breast cancer treatment is state of the art, screening mammography doesn't appear to be more effective at reducing breast cancer deaths than regular breast self-examination plus an annual breast exam given by a medical professional." Reported the Canadian press.

Experts behind the study say its leading to over-diagnosis of breast cancer and 4 out of 5 women who have small amounts of cancer in their breast(s) are treated when they don't need too, because a little cancer isn't bad.

The American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging, issued a statement calling the study "an incredibly misleading analysis based on the deeply flawed and widely discredited Canadian National Breast Screening Study." The group said the findings should not guide policy on breast cancer screening, suggesting to do so "would place a great many women at increased risk of dying unnecessarily from breast cancer."

Canada has had free healthcare since 1984 under the Healthcare Act.

Is it an coincidence that the study was based in a country that is constantly trying to cut corners to save money in the healthcare system? Now that the USA requires healthcare for all citizens, even though many Americans cannot afford the premiums provided by the government.

Is this study a new scheme to sucker people out of preventive care, just to save a dollar? What ever the motive maybe, telling someone who has cancer in their body not to worry about it is wrong and goes against the Hippocratic Oath that every doctor takes.


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