Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fight Injustice by Feeling Your Boobies!

Here it is, WTF Wednesday, and there's news out of the medical community that we're getting too many mammograms. WTF? This is NOT the kind of thing I normally like to parade out for WTF Wednesday. This one is an Injustice worthy of fighting against.

For years our doctors have been trying to talk us into getting poked, prodded and squished once a year after age 40. And we listened.

Having your boobs crushed in a mammogram machine to the point of exploding is not the most pleasant of experiences. But I've had several friends who are now cancer survivors because they tortured themselves yearly with these exams. So I believe! I'm always a little nervous going in to the procedure and always feel a sense of relief getting that slip of paper saying nothing untoward was seen on the films.

So why are they now reversing their recommendation? Is it a cost saving measure? Why do I keep thinking that it's as simple as that? If that's the reason, then it's wrong! Are our lives not worthy of a simple procedure once a year?

Guess it's up to us now to
Feel Our Boobies!

And guys... you can help us out here too... feel our boobies! Because you care!


Moooooog35 said...

I wont even charge you girls this time.

That's a HUGE savings.

Who's first?

nonamedufus said...

Now there's a cause I can get behind.

CatLady my word veri was "caticil" ha,ha,ha

Michelle H. said...

I wonder how many "perv" hits through search engines you'll get with this piece.

Me-Me King said...

All kidding aside, this topic is truly an injustice worthy of WTF Wednesday. Thank you for raising awareness for this ongoing battle for women everywhere.

Anonymous said...

That was terrrible advice they said about Not getting mammograms.

Janice said...

I will be ignoring this latest news release from the medical community...and advise my daughter to do the same.

Anonymous said...

Next thing you'll know my doctors will be telling me to get pap smears only once a year, instead of the four I get annually.


(I do get four a year...lucky me!)

Stirrups anyone?

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

I just read about that on another blog. I have been jipped because i have had mine done since 40 every year!

Jewel said...

I started getting these when I was 38 b/c my maternal aunt had breast cancer. I had dreaded them as much as the upcoming colonoscopy (I'm 48) that is recommended...for age 50. I remembered my boss, way back when I was in my mid-20s and far away from things like mammograms, laughing till she cried describing how she was squeezed and prodded during the booby testingthin- procedure.

Then I had my first, and second, and so-on and what do you know, it never was a big deal for me. Because I'm not a big deal, if you catch my drift. Rib-scraping was about the only discomfort for me. And it was hilarious looking down at yourself and seeing your boob looking like a thin crust slice of pizza...

Anyhoo, as I understand it, it's false positives causing stress, or finding extremely slow-growing cancers that actually aren't life-threatening but treating them can be medically risky, that are the concern. The data for this particular study didn't show a correlation between getting mammograms in your 40s, and protecting women from cancer. So it's something to think about.

And may I add, MEN have boobies too (I love evolution) and can get breast cancer. Manly man KISS drummer Pete Criss got it, I read recently. And survived it because of early detection and treatment.

I also read recently that new studies suggest that exercising doesn't help you lose weight, and resistance training doesn't improve your bone density. What gives? I think life is hazardous to your health.

The Peach Tart said...

I was shocked to see this report.

Jewel said...

I mean, testing procedure!

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

WTF? I like Jewel's comment because I was going to ask you WHY???? Because I've been getting them, but if I don't have to,, Lord knows I won't. I would have assumed it was money too because IT ALWAYS IS ABOUT MONEY!!!

ReformingGeek said...

They will still be recommended for women at risk. I'm with you on the self-exams, though. Sorry, guys, but you would have to hunt for mine.


Bird Shit and Baby Caca said...

I'm all for the awareness but can someone inform my mother in law it's not pronounced "mam-io-grams". I get so annoyed when she says that.

gayle said...

I am still getting one once a year and telling my daughters to do the same. It's the insurance companys. Just today my friend was kicked out of the hospital even though his doctor wanted him to stay.

Oh My Goddess said...

This is the weirdest recommendation yet!

Why cut costs on women's health care? You know if it were about men the technology would not:
1. Hurt
2. Cost money
3. Hurt
4. Cost money

I think you get my point.

CatLadyLarew said...

Moooooog & Dufus: Thank you, gentlemen... your dedication to the cause is appreciated. (I think.)

Michelle: Perv hits are okay if it gets the word out!

Me-Me: All kidding aside, I'm truly appalled at this recommendation.

Secretia: Agreed!

Janice: Keep on truckin'... to the radiologist!

Quirkster: I think you deserve your own personalized stirrups for that sort of dedication! Cancer sucks!

Lee: I know what you mean... I hate it when you go to all the effort and then they say, Ha Ha... fooled you... didn't have to do that after all. But then, I'd rather get all those mammograms and not need them than miss the one I should have had.

CatLadyLarew said...

Jewel: Life is definitely hazardous to your health!

Peach Tart: Me too... that's why I just HAD to use it for WTF Wednesday!

NGIP: It's ALWAYS about the money! If they had said it was because of the risk of radiation exposure, I might have understood it, but so far there's no good reason I've heard for the change.

Reffie: Keep on feeling those boobies... no matter what their size!

BS & BC: Perhaps you're mother-in-law is from the deep south and wears whiteface?

Gayle: The whole insurance thing is freaking me out! Big news on rate hikes for health insurance this week too.

Oh My Goddess: You summed it up quite nicely!

MikeWJ at Too Many Mornings said...

Thank you for encouraging us men to reach out and feel women's boobies. I think many of us have held back in this area for years. But now we have permission, things can begin to change. You are not only my heroine, but a true pioneer along the lines of Susan B. Anthony and Pamela Anderson -- or perhaps somewhere in between. ;)

otin said...

I will volunteer my services! haha!

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