Note: As always, this post is my own opinion and does not necessarily represent the opinion of my employer
As I was watching Meet the Press this Sunday, I caught a great quote from NBC’s Nancy Snyderman. Starting at around 06:12 of this clip, she sum’s up what I’ve been feeling this week:
“This task force did not look at the economics. Their job was to look at the pure science. And I think in some ways we hear from the scientists, don’t like the message, and this week I believe we threw the scientists under the bus. We in this country have three hot button scientific issues. We have stem cells, vaccines, cancer screening. We need to step back as a society and let the scientists present their data and then, as an informed populace, look at it, talk about it. And what happened on Monday was that the headlines then ran with the weak…
“…instead of intelligent people saying, ‘OK, what does this mean and how do we mean it’ And the task force basically said to women in their 40s, individualize yourselves, talk to your doctor. This is all about, and I think Nancy and I agree on this, better technology.”
The science says what the science says, and in this case, it wasn’t popular. I don’t know that I agree with the new guidelines in terms of the public health message they put out, but I do believe that the time has come for greater discussion about the merits of mammography, and the need for improved technology in this area. That discussion seems to be getting lost in the discussion, and I am glad that Dr. Snyderman brought it up.