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. zion

    Yawn, lets do the check for the rightwingers who will probably have to be the recipients of the public option.

    Rationing Healthcare (Even though the private sector already does this, oh, no, we are fearful of what the government will do).

    Communism (Rightwingers don't know what this word means but you betcha they'll use it).

    Socialism (Another word rightwingers don't know what this word means but you betcha they'll use it).

    Random references to the Holocaust (Hey, another event that America claims to care about until you read their hate crime statistics, and Jews are the most victimized by hate crimes in America).

    Okay. I'm done.

    November 24, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Dan, CA

    Obama just wants to take, sorry spread the wealth, from the old whites and give to the young minorities. What will happen when there aren't enough whites to pay? Will the asians take over that role? Well, we'll find out in California.

    November 24, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. AJ Mac

    Rationing is part of it. However the other part is doing what science supports not what patients think they need. DOing what patients think they need from medications, to tests, to treatments is part of what got us into the mess we are in now. Take care of yourself, tell your healthcare professional what you think you need and have an open conversation about the issue. We in the USA can do better with less. Sad that many in the public do not understand the science behind how medications and treatments really work, or in many cases do not work.

    Remember, most people in this country voted for change and you are now getting in. You asked for it and now you got it so blame yourself if you do not like it.

    November 24, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Julnor

    This is a great example of why healtcare costs are rising. Women are getting screened when the chances of finding something real are very remote. Plus false positives lead to unnecessary treatment. If you want to get a mamogram more often than the recommendation, then fine. But that cost shouldn't be passed along to the rest of us via higher insurance premiums. The same type of recommendations were suggested for men regarding prostate cancer.

    November 24, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Jamie

    All of these recommendations are insane and designed to make females mistrustful of health care reform. Plus, it has taken so much to make women aware of breast cancer prevention and screening why would you want to reverse that? Plus, you want mammograms to be negative, that is part of preventative diagnoses. Seems to me like those advocates against health care prevention only want people to get screening when results are positive and the disease has taken over the body . Then they want you to 'die quickly'. That is the plain and ugly truth.

    November 24, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. grumpy old man

    This is health care rationing. No wonder so many women are unhappy with it. If you want to cut healthcare costs use tort reform and allow competition across state lines, don't ration healthcare and pretend that you aren't.

    Looks like we made a BIG mistake last year when we elected Obama.

    November 24, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Mark

    welcome to state run healthcare

    November 24, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Lotta Muni

    How can people think that a gov't run health plan will run any more smoothly than recovery.gov, cash for clunkers, the housing refinance assitance programs put in place by this administration? Even so, in those cases money and property are at stake. In this case the stakes are much greater.

    November 24, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. lynn, IL

    My 41 year old niece just lost her 3-year long battle with breast cancer.
    It was stage 4 before it was diagosed. Had she had mammograms the cancer could have been diagnosed earlier and she may be alive today to take care of her three children, the youngest being 5. I'm for given mammograms earlier not later
    -
    u lie

    November 24, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. Enough

    This is a warning............and people should wake up and understand what government run health care REALLY means.

    November 24, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. Howard

    Welcome to the world of Obamacare "U.S. Preventive Services Task Force" soon to be re-named the U.S COST Reduction Task Force" mamogram testing is just the first to go, soon, no more annual dental checkups, annual physicals, etc The cost of healthcare will go down by order of the government whether it kills us or not.

    November 24, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. julie

    for those who asked – half of the doctors on the task force that made this statement are women.

    the team was started in 1984.

    They make recommendations and do case studies – that's all.

    you people need to stop with the fear and political craziness.

    – from the study it says:

    "So, what does this mean if you are a woman in your 40s? You should talk to your doctor and make an informed decision about whether a mammography is right for you based on your family history, general health, and personal values."

    November 24, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Greg

    The issue isn't a Democrat Panel or a Republican Panel...the problem is that it's a GOVERNMENT Panel...and this is the kind of shoddy work that we have seen with every other Government Entity, from the Post Office to Amtrack.

    Why does everyone have this deep seeded faith that we won't continue to see more and more of these types of problems and we continue to hand over Healthcare to a bunch of a politicians?

    November 24, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Julnor

    The commission report is exactly what I want from my government: recommendations. They recommend, I decide. What I don't want is my government telling me that I have to do something or that I can't do something. The mandate that everyone get health insurance is a great example. It is my decision as to whether or not I spend my money on health insurance. If you think you should have two mammograms a year from the age of 25, then you should decide that (but don't expect me to pay for it). If you don't want to ever have a mammogram then that is your choice also. Let the government recommend away. Then you decide what's best for you and I'll decide what's best for me.

    November 24, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. Julnor

    I will say this, the recommendation to not do self exams is stupid. People should always be empowered to look after their own best interests. I would imagine the reason is that it is highly unlikely that you will ever find anything. However, no one is more responsible for you than you are, so you should always take matters into your own hands, so to speak.

    November 24, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. t22

    Under a public option, opinions like this become part of practice. The public option will have to use a board like this to determine which procedures it covers or not. When one organization controls the majority of the health care market they need such a basis to make such decisions and they don't have to worry about competitive pressures. While there may be some logic in their reasoning, that logic is lost on the women who have been saved by such tests.

    It is funny how people who are worried about banks being too big to fail are rushing to create a health insurance program that will be too big to fail. In either case, guess who gets to bail it out?

    November 24, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. JOJO

    I do not understand how and why everything that happens in this world is blamed on Obama. This task force is not a white house recommendation. The Obama administrationhas stated again and again that women should keep doing what they are doing. Obama is trying to get Americans covered. His mother died of cancer, thus, I think he understands the need for mammograms and their usefulness. Stop blaming the man for everything wrong in our lives. This section should be called, leave your "whining complaints," Not comments!!!

    November 24, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. jeff jackson, alabama

    Did Sarah Palin say something about death
    panels. Oh....sorry.....she said "government
    death panels" How far fetched does that seem
    now, boys and girls ????????

    November 24, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. david

    this is what america is all about now socialism get used to this nazi government telling you what you can and can not have,,,they will tell you when to die,,,and when to put your children to death this boy is not my president

    November 24, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. terry,va

    Get used to it ladies. Seniors bend over and grab your ankles. Tax payers empty your wallet. That is Obummie care. Message to Dems, fix the small amount of people that don't have coverage and can't afford it and leave the 85-90% of the rest of us alone.

    November 24, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. Dave

    If the government takeover of health care goes through, expect more of the same.

    Their solution:
    Do nothing to cut costs until there is tragedy then complain how they need more money.

    November 24, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. seana

    the panel is making very serious health recommendations for women that could lead to insurance coverage payments. Both my sister and I have had breast cancer. Both of us were diagnosed early and treated early because of the current recommendations. Neither one of us fall into a high risk category. Neither my mother or grandmother have had breast cancer. What's more important, early detection or cost savings?

    November 24, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. vic nashville , Tn

    These recommendations came from Bush appointees (total 16, all are from previous administration ) did some thing smell bad like death penalty yes

    November 24, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    "I am disappointed with American women if indeed this poll is correct.
    What amazes me is their inability to understand that these statistics are dealing with populations not individuals."

    Sorry... I don't want to be a statistic.

    November 24, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. Jim

    Hateful selfish fear rules America. If this continues, the country will be bankrupt within 5 years. Blame "fear" for this, not the President. The mantra of America today is "I WANT"

    November 24, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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