The girls will be thrilled!

Routine yearly mammograms are out. The new starting age is 50, and then the recommendation is every other year.

Of course the decision is controversial. Some are calling it the beginning of rationing care. I suspect that would be the folks with the expensive equipment to pay off. I’m glad to hear it. Common sense suggests one should avoid radiation when possible, at least that’s how I’ve always seen it.

I hate the way we’ve given the care of our bodies over to others. Personally, I’ve extended the time between the annual squish and fondle to 18 months – even though my doctor will raise an eyebrow. I don’t have any family history, and frankly, it seemed I was always called back for extensive retesting only to be told “I don’t know why you were called back.” (I do. It’s called good insurance.)

Anyway, I’m taking a full year’s reprieve and not looking back. I go to the doctor a couple of times each year, once to manage my thyroid problem and once for the regular girlie checkup. Otherwise I avoid them the best I can. It’s been a good plan the last few years.

In other important health news, it appears niacin – vitamin B3 – is more effective at regulating cholesterol in combination with a statin than other prescriptions. Obviously certain drug companies weren’t happy to hear that.

Comments

  1. ♪♫Let’s hear it for the girls, let’s give the girls a hand!♫♪♫

  2. Cute note characters. I wanna do that!

  3. I am doing the same thing, extending time between mammograms. After 25 years, I’ve never been called back, don’t have any family history, no risk factors. While a mammogram can detect some “early” breast cancers, it is not a preventive test. If you are going to get breast cancer, you are going to get it regardless of the mammogram. And remember, only a small fraction of women (and men) actually develop breast cancer. So judicious use and timing of “preventive” screenings is appropriate, in my personal opinion. For those with higher risk factors, more regular screenings are called for.

    It is also important that the radiologist who reads your mammogram have access to prior studies. I can’t tell you how many are “called back” due to something seen, which was also on prior films that the radiologist did not have access to. Reading films is very difficult and stability of the images over time is important. So I also have my mammograms done with the same medical group, which has prior films stored for comparison.