November 24th, 2009
02:37 PM ET
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Women sharply disagree with mammogram recommendation

Three-quarters of American women between the ages of 35 and 75 disagree with the relaxed medical recommendations for mammograms announced last week.
Three-quarters of American women between the ages of 35 and 75 disagree with the relaxed medical recommendations for mammograms announced last week.

(CNN) - Three-quarters of American women between the ages of 35 and 75 disagree with the relaxed medical recommendations for mammograms announced by a government panel last week, according to a new Gallup/USA Today poll.

The survey released Tuesday finds 47 percent of women "strongly disagree" and another 29 percent "disagree" with the recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force last week that women in their 40s should no longer get routine breast cancer exams, and that the interval for women getting a mammogram in their 50s should be every two years, rather than every year.

Only 22 percent of those surveyed expressed support for the proposals.

In what could be bad news for the White House and congressional Democrats as they attempt to calm fears an overhaul of the nation's health care system would result in rationing, 76 percent of those polled believe the panel's recommendations were motivated by cost savings rather than an actual assessment of the true risks involved.

The White House has distanced itself from the panel's recommendation amid the uproar it sparked last week.

The report "shouldn't be dismissed," Sebelius said told CNN last week." But, she added, "There are other groups who have disagreed with this information." The task force is "making recommendations, not coverage decisions, not payment decisions."

The poll surveyed 1,136 women, aged 35-75, between November 20-22 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


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  1. Ohio Man

    i'm sure some1 will say this is Obama fault.. lol

    November 24, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. T'SAH from Virginia

    I had mine this year at age 56 and it came back NEGATIVE. I could imagine if I started doing this at age 40 – the worrying each time most likely would have caused different results. BUT – my friend had one done at age 40 and already had STAGE 2 Cancer!!!

    NO ONE should tell women what they should do or NOT do with their bodies!!! CASE and POINT!!!

    November 24, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. I am the flacid and powerless wizard of Rush

    CNN creates controversy where none exists.
    Way to deceive, CNN

    How about another poll?
    Are we bored yet?

    November 24, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. FrankD

    This is what you Obama supporters voted for...the marginalization of women on par with China and India. You are getting what you deserve!
    May I suggest women that in the future you vote with your brain and not your heart?

    November 24, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. AncientRiver, New Mexico

    This allows insurance companies to pay for fewer mamograms and biopsies. Bottom line. They will probably lose whatever profit or savings they make on courses of chemotherapy for the cases that were not caught earlier, and more women will die during their tax paying years. But what do we care, right?

    November 24, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. Scott, Tucson

    Don't they mean...obama's Death Panel?

    November 24, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. Mike in LR

    This is exactly what will happen with a government controlled public option. It is an oxymoron to think you can cover more people and reduce costs. The only way to reduce costs is to ration care. That's the path of least resistance the government will say. If these proposals are adopted this WILL happen. The debt will increase, premiums will increase, current coverage will cease, and care will degrade. What change that is.

    November 24, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Fernando F

    I understood that 1 in 1900 women is found to have cancer with the mammogram. The study is just asking a question: is it ok to put in stress with false positives or test after test 1899 women just to reach that 1 woman with cancer? While the self-examination test is still there for everybody to use, and which is better because each woman knows her own body and a change will be noticed faster than a mammogram since the self-examination can be done once a month.

    November 24, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Michele

    If you are at risk, you will still get then every year. If not, why go to the expense? I have had one every year for 16 years, even though there is NO breast cancer in my family, thank God. I would have no qualms about waiting two years between tests. it takes an average of 10 years for a tumor to be big enough to be spotted.

    November 24, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. JOHN

    That panel was put together by the Bush administration.

    November 24, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. Joe

    This is only the beginining of Obamacare and more to come soon. Even people pay for their health insurance, the Obama's panels will say that you should not have annual mammogram, should not have annual pap smare test, should not have anuual physical check-up, should not check for prostate cancer etc etc....... Remember that prevention does save life and healthcare costs!

    November 24, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Enough

    Interesting how these reports come out as they are debating health care.........kind of like trying to test the waters and get our reaction to the new Obama care............limit testing to save $$. Don't think it is a coincidence, just an inidication of things to come. Wake up people, do you really think you are going to get quality health care from the government? You really want Medicare for all? Now the government plans to cut Medicare even more. Careful what you wish for, you just may get it.

    November 24, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. cocopial

    CNN again. Please say you are similar to Fox by constantly trying to pin every bad news on the Democrats. Where were you when Bush did all that wrong.

    November 24, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    and a year a go it was bad news for republicans

    when will we learn to vote these stupids out

    all of them

    im dumb but i will admit it

    November 24, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. Annie

    What does this panel's ridiculous recommendations have to do with the Democrats? A panel that was staffed in 2007 by the Bush Administration! Oh, maybe it's using this worthless recommendation as a smokescreen to dismiss health care reform. The timing of all of this stinks to high heaven.

    November 24, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. Anita

    I don't know what the government is trying to pull with the ridiculousness of a new recommendation. It sure smells like a rationing to me and with rationing comes unwanted/undeserving deaths. The White House keeps digging a hole for itself.

    November 24, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. Earl

    I was told by the VA a month ago that because I got a colon screening done at 47 years old that they were going to ever 10 years vice 5 years. They said this was due to Obama's reduction in uncessary screenings. It's just now starting with the Dem's health care - be prepared to pay more for less in health care. Less screenings equal more deaths and a savings to the government...

    November 24, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. JH

    If the monstrosity of the "health" bill passes, this is EXACTLY the panel which will be dictating what tests are allowed and paid for.
    READ THE BILL, there is no free lunch.

    November 24, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. stevetall

    A poll is only a poll. Just because a person has breasts does not mean they know anything about radiation. 'How much is too much' is a decision for those who do research. Of course, those who sell mammogram services wish the recommendation was 'monthly'.

    November 24, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. connie, indiana

    I have an idea for woman, just keep doing what you have been doing..this agruement has been going on for a week, enought already. If you want one, get one, it is your body. YOu have rights and a brain for pete sake use them..

    November 24, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Jacque Bauer

    The Obama administration has started its conditioning of the public towards nationalized healthcare rationing. Costs and taxes will increase substantially; quality will decrease substatially; substantial numbers of people will DIE and you will be poorer for it. But the Dems will laugh and dance at having more power.

    NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

    November 24, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. Rob from MO

    The recommendation of the Task Force is based on evidence from well conducted studies of thousands of women. These studies compared the survival of women who received mammogram screening with that of women who were not screened. The mortality from breast cancer was essentially the same. Those of us who are familiar with the medical literature on this issue have known this for years. The Task Force finally had the courage to publicize it. People want to believe that mammography makes a big difference, but the reality is that it doesn't. Well conducted reseach should trump anecdotal, personal testimonies. A lot of the "cancers' detected by mammograpy would never have caused any problems to the women. But when they know they have "cancer" they then require treatment that can cause many side effects and long-term problems.

    November 24, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. Liz2009

    When you think about this large group of women not
    happy with the GOV panel decision and then you try
    to think of how you and your family, alone, will try to
    combat the GOV panel - the Govt. knows you have
    no clout alone and will ignore you and go with a panel.
    This will be "rationing."

    November 24, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. JB - NYC

    Got Hope, still?

    November 24, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. tcaudilllg

    I wonder how many of those people actually are getting annual mammograms? Most of the women I know at that age aren't. I suspect most of them are gonna turn out all right, what's for a few who are probably taking risks with their health anyhow?

    November 24, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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