11-18-2009 11.45 AM EST
More opinions are being brought forward on the new study by the US Preventive Services Task Force on breast cancer every day .
I would like to read the report but have been unable to find it published at this time.
Oncologists are physicians who study, diagnose, and treat cancerous tumors. They practice in hospitals and medical centers, university hospitals, and research organizations.
Amazing FACT about this study is that NOT A SINGLE ONE of the professionals who produced this report is an Oncologist! ( full list of contributors at bottom of blog )
We have a report out that opposes and de bunks all modern conventional wisdom about early detection and mortality rates of breast cancer in women but no one participating in the report is certified to diagnose or treat cancer ?
The participants are reported to be about 70 thousand women from Sweden and 160 thousand from the UK
193 Thousand American women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year and 40 thousand of them die from it .
Could they data in the study be SKEWED be determining factors such as region ,race , diet , obesity, smoking ,alcohol , birth control ,hypertension stress, method of reporting mortality and host of other factors that are vastly different in Sweden than they are in the US ?
Race .. The US no doubt has a higher % of Black females than Sweden , is the incidence of Breast cancer higher or lower in Black females than White females in the US ?
Diet ..In the typical American diet 40% of the calories are derived from fat , Is the SWEDISH diet EXACTLY the same % ?
Smoking ...could any one possibly think that the us of Tobacco could raise the risk of cancer ? Do more females smoke in Sweden than in America?
Obesity ...Americans are widely regarded as the most obese country on the planet .
Alcohol ..Americans drink their share , is it more than Swedish women ?
Birth control ...Is the % of Swedish females taking " the pill " the same as American women ?
What happens if we take an American female who is a few pounds over weight, has elevated blood pressure , on the pill, a moderate drinker, and a pack a day smoker ?
How many Swedish women fit this profile comapared to their American counter parts ?
I find it fascinating that for years the same scientists that warned of the IMPEDING ICE AGE , are all now vocal proponents of GLOBAL WARMING ( despite all the data indicating the earth has been cooling off for the last 10 years )
Like wise the same control groups and scientists in the medical field , who have for years advanced the theory of early detection of breast cancer through mammograms have now performed a 180 degree stance on early detection of breast cancer .
Fact.... the incidence of breast cancer in women living in Japan is 19.1 per 100 thousand ,compared to 86 per 100 thousand for women living in America
Why such a huge delta? Could it be because of any or all of the variables I listed above ?
One would be silly to think this is all about COST CUTTING !!!
The drug makers have spent 110 million in 2009 lobbying congress
Drug makers extract a 37% or MORE profit in their business model
Ambulance chasing trial lawyers generally receive a fee of 35% ( or more ) and realize a profit of about 12% ( or more )
The grocery stores make 0.5 % profit
The example OBAMA gave of the " EVIL insurer in Alabama " that commands 80% of the market ( a figure he was wrong on ) has a profit margin of 0.6 %
Apple the maker of the IPOD makes a 15% profit margin .
GE who is a huge player in the MRI industry makes 7.26 %
Go to any of the popular sites such as Yahoo,Bloomberg, or Google and find any company that you purchase their product or services and see what their profit margin is ...
Question some one who files insurance in the medical field .Typically the health care provider receives ON A GOOD DAY 75 % ( many times less ..more like 33%- 50 %) of their stated fee. And then they simply write off the balance to the patient because they could never collect tens of thousands of dollars from the average American .
The 30K hip replacement your grandparent receives, the SURGEON receives only about $1400.00
I have a great idea !!,lets create a government program that insures every one and shifts the cost of doing so to hard working tax payers , penalize the private insurers and doctors till they are out of business and retired , and let the Pharmaceutical companies and trial lawyers who line the law makers pockets with $$ get rich in the process !!!
As I write this the British government is announcing that Health and safety inspectors are set to be allowed into family homes to check whether parents are doing enough to prevent children having accidents.
The American lawmakers are determined to ram " European socialized medicine " down our throats over our protests .
By using the European socialized health care model and making our domestic health care policies around the European studies , one could ONLY conclude we will have the same rationing, regulation,administration , policies and " BIG BROTHER " aspect in our every day lives.
Current members of the Task Force are listed below. They have recognized expertise in prevention, evidence-based medicine, and primary care.
Bruce N. Calonge, M.D., M.P.H. (Chair)
Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver, CO
Diana B. Petitti, M.D., M.P.H. (Vice Chair)
Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Fulton School of Engineering
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Susan Curry, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Public Health
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Allen J. Dietrich, M.D.
Professor, Community and Family Medicine
Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH
Thomas G. DeWitt, M.D.
Carl Weihl Professor of Pediatrics
Director of the Division of General and Community Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
Kimberly D. Gregory, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Women’s Health Services Research
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
David Grossman, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director, Preventive Care and Senior Investigator, Center for Health Studies, Group Health Cooperative
Professor of Health Services and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
George Isham, M.D., M.S.
Medical Director and Chief Health Officer
HealthPartners, Minneapolis, MN
Michael L. LeFevre, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, MO
Rosanne Leipzig, M.D., Ph.D
Professor, Geriatrics and Adult Development, Medicine, Health Policy
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Lucy N. Marion, Ph.D., R.N.
Dean and Professor, School of Nursing
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Associate Director, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
University of California Davis, Sacramento, CA
Bernadette Melnyk, Ph.D., R.N., C.P.N.P./N.P.P.
Dean and Distinguished Foundation Professor in Nursing
College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation
Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
Wanda Nicholson, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
J. Sanford (Sandy) Schwartz, M.D.
Leon Hess Professor of Medicine, Health Management, and Economics
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton School, Philadelphia, PA
Timothy Wilt, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Department of Medicine, Minneapolis VA Medical Center
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
What do they have in common? There isn’t a single oncologist among them, at least not as a listed specialty by the USPSTF published roster.