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

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. geez

    The anger is getting tiresome people.

    November 24, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. David Dinner

    It is irresponsible of CNN to draw potential election conclusions from women's opinions about mammograms and to generalize the disagreement to fears about creating health insurance limits. This type of journalism is exactly the kind of news we heard under the Bush administration; reporting designed to blur the issues and create fear and unrest. Please be as good as you can be CNN and leave the fear mongering to FOX. They do it better than you do.

    November 24, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    This Is how they want to lower the cost of health care. By cutting the advanced screening they can lower cost. They can also cause many women to die young because it was cheaper to turn a blind eye. This panel is not making rules just suggestions but i bet that the reason they are making this suggestion Is because they are under pressure form the obama admin to find ways to cut the cost of health care.

    November 24, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. John O

    we have said it over and over again Obama has mad etoo many promises to get the election that he cant keep and the DEM are not lookin gto work with the american people but instead dictate to us.. ho wmany times do they have to show their incompitence before we stop this madness. how can this country provide health plans when spouses have a hard time chosing the few options thier work provides.. they cant or at least they cant rush it like they are.. Why are they rushing it, why arent they taking th ebusiness approach and rolling it out slowly.. cover the poor, elderly, kids and single parents first and see how it goes.. otehrwise get ready for the government to tell you how and when you need treatment.

    November 24, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Are there death panels out there?

    Cancer takes everything away, your dignity, your independence, your optimism, your smile, and your life. Men who are in favor of this, beware, prostate screening will be next, and that is a killer for you as well. Until and unless anyone of you have watched a love one die from cancer, and in particular watched your daughter die from cancer, you have no idea what you are talking about. Cancer is like being run over by a Mack truck; you do not know how it feels until you have experienced it. Even though you appear to be getting on with your life, the fear is always there, that fear is when it will come back. Yes, we need healthcare reform, but not on the backs of our young women, our daughters, our friends.

    November 24, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |

    Women we don't see anything about men and the PSA test for the prostate of course not. Too many women in this country so lets get rid a few of them by death. But the men will be protected. Women wake up and quit being led by stupid men. I don't understand how some women think only men know the answers to anything.

    November 24, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Think About It

    "Did you ever notice that men invented mammogram machines that smash women's breasts and blast them with radiation? But then, did you ever wonder why there are no machines that smash men's testicles (and other junk) and blast the whole package with radiation while calling it "early detection?" Why do male surgeons recommend "preventive mastectomies" but never "preventive castration?" Seriously. Think about it..." ~ Mike Adams

    November 24, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. normajean

    All one can say, is that the women who agree with the recommendations have either never had cancer nor had a friend or relative who found their own lump only to have it ultimately diagnosed as malignant. If you haven't been there, then keep your complaints to yourself.

    November 24, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Victim of reading other Victim's posts

    "...unfortunately ruining my country."

    Keep it. If we have to go by your way of life you can have your incredibly dull country where everyone's the same and we all think alike on every issue.

    You see, that's where you lose most Americans, when you say you've lost "your" country. What about the rest of America? Country first or yet another cry-baby from the "me first" generation of Reagan politics?

    November 24, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Barry

    Obama, Biden, Reid and Pelosi just plain SUCK!

    November 24, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Bryan

    Maybe we should just HOPE we don't get cancer

    November 24, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. Lando

    Would it not be more terrible if women diagnosed with this cancer does not have health insurance...think about it....where can they
    turn to...the Republicans...the Catholic Church or just wait and die...

    November 24, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Arguenot

    Statistical datafor those of you who think this is a good idea.
    1.3 Million women worldwide will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. 465,000 will Die of this disease.

    While the US rates have risen in the last decade, deaths have declined due to Early Detection. Countries such as Japan, England, Singapore, etc share our survival rates. 3rd world countries report the highest rate of deaths...due to lack of detection and/or care.

    In their Lifetime 1 in 8 women will contract breast cancer....but I guess that 1 in 8 will not be you or your loved one. 40,910 women died in the US of Breast Cancer in 2007...without early detection that number could double or triple matching the standards of 3rd world countries.....Russian Roulette with women's health...and so many are so quick to line up....Educate yourself!

    November 24, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. donotunderstand

    It is really amazing to me that because of these recommendations which are made all the time are being blamed on the new president. Women by now should be able to figure out for themselves if they should have mammograms or not. I mean does the president have to tell you to go to the doctor if you are sick. Get a grip people. It is only a recommendation. Gheez!!!

    November 24, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. DAR

    This panel was empanelled by the Bush Administration (not by the Obama Administration) and is/was comprised of ignorant, calloused, cold-hearted conservatives and members of the GOP who live in the Dark Ages who are against citizens of the United States of America's 14th Amendment Rights and who do not want national health care. Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL) was correct, stating that Republicans want Americans to die of neglect.

    November 24, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. smokey

    My question is..why did this report come out at this time particular time? What was the impetus for that..Could it have someting to do with shedding a bad light on Health Insurnace Reform..I hope not, because that would be diservice to the people, and just adding more fuel to the already mis-conceptions that have been put forth by others who apparently have only one motive which is to kill health reform

    November 24, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. Mike in SA

    If CNN were a real news organization, one of their reporters and/or columnists would...I don't on the wild side and ask a question like, "So, Secretary Selibus, in what percentage of cases do current Medicaid and Medicare benefits align with the task force's recommendations versus the percentage that diverges from their recommendations?" A question any amateur would think to ask. Like I said, go crazy and do what you spent 4/6/8 years in college learning to do, because I guarantee that it is almost 100% aligned to what the task force recommends. Of course, that assumes that what you learned in college was not, "Above all else, don't make a liberal look bad.".

    November 24, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. The Great Northwest

    CNN when you printed this why did you omit telling the American Public (woman) the complete story?

    Who submitted this ?

    Who put this panel togather?

    Date panel was started ?

    Who is on this panel and gender?

    How long each person has been on this panel?

    November 24, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. They call me "tater salad"

    It doesn't matter what you women want.............The Government has the final say in what you do with your body and how you do it.......At least according to the right-wing wacko's, that's how it should be! NOW SHUT UP AND GET BACK IN LINE!!!!!!!

    November 24, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Anon

    How come mamograms are out and viagra is in? Dirty old men. Oh, I mean politicians.

    November 24, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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