Sunday, October 10, 2010
No Wonder They Call Him 'Moonbeam'
Per the website Politico, Jerry Brown doesn't believe mammograms are effective. To back up his claim he cites a study in the British science journal Lancet, which has a long and honorable history but in the last few decades, frankly, has taken a turn more in the direction of the Weekly World News. (By way of example, consider its infamous 2004 "100,000 Iraquis killed since the invasion" claim, which has been debunked.)
So what's your alternative, Jerry? MRIs, which cost five to ten times as much per study? Self exams (which women were recently instructed NOT to do)? Hands-on exams by doctors, which can only pick up tumors large enough to palpate? The whole value of mammograms lies in their being able to screen for tiny tumors which can't be felt.
I'm going to make a rare political statement here. If you live in California, please do not vote for Jerry Brown. I remember his last stint as governor and it was a disaster. Write in Mickey Mouse if you have to, just don't vote for Brown. The state will thank you.
What's this? We're not supposed to grope ourselves anymore...?