Here's the comment I got re: my last post on mammograms:
So...you think mammograms are overly prescribed? Do you think the radiation from them is potentially more dangerous than the small tumors they may uncover? It's really a strange controversy -- my gut feeling is it's all about saving money, which makes the new guidelines very suspicious to me.
I hardly know how to begin to respond to this comment because it is so intensely frustrating for me to see that the person who made it -- a DEAR friend of mine, actually -- obviously has done no reading up on this subject. . . even when I have made pertinent information available via links, right here on this site. I have done research FOR my readers, and even then, very few people take the time or make the effort to read, think and draw conclusions based on more than gut instinct or spoon-feeding by a biased media conglomerate.
My friend (and again, I emphasize that this is a DEAR friend) knows how much time and effort I have put into learning about this subject, and yet I still get this maddeningly "off the top of my head, my uninformed opinion is..." comment!
I believe that the majority of people in our society do exactly this and, don't get me wrong, I did it too, just as much as anyone else, until my breast cancer diagnosis forced me to REALLY start thinking and reading and researching for myself. I too went by uninformed "opinions" and gut instincts when it came to health issues and medical "information."
But here's what I now know: Opinions and gut instincts are fine places to START with. They are not fine places to END with.
So, dear friend, I must yell at you for posting this comment. I love you, but for godsake, I can't believe you have paid so little REAL attention to anything I've ever posted (or referred people to) about the pros and cons of mammograms. It would be one thing if you countered with some specific reasons/information/resources that back up your gut instinct and opinion. Then we could have a real discussion. But that's not what is happening here.
When I get over this current rush of frustration, I will probably find and post yet another article that addresses the specifics of this issue. I'll offer it up, yet again, on a silver platter.
But will anyone bother to read it? Or will I just be continuing to talk to deaf ears?