Sunday, December 6, 2009

Womens Health should Not be Rationed

A few weeks ago the U.S Preventitive Task Force, a government-backed physician group said women in their 40s are more likely to get false-positive tests that can lead to unnecessary biopsies and anxiety and therefore recommended that rather than receiving mamograms at 40, that women should start getting them at 50.

Hands up, anyone who would rather get a false positive at 40 than wait until 50 for a positive test result that could have been cured had the screening being taken at 40.

This type of article is not routinely something that Speedy Sneakers would get into, but when it comes to women's health and the quality of medical care that impacts women, we all have an obligation to pay attention to what is going on.

Unfortunately, I cannot believe that this type of report would lead to better health care for women but rather see it as partly what we are all fearing will come out of the current health care reform efforts, rationing of health care. We should not accept it.

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