Powerful doctors you don’t know are making decisions about your health. Here’s how.
The last few years have seen many sacred cows regarding cancer prevention and screening procedures for other diseases reduced or in some cases eliminated.
Examples of this includes Mammogram’s frequency and age requirements and the use of the PSA tests on men. While groups like the American Cancer Society have advocated for years certain screens, the data, it turns out never supported anything they said. What is true is that many people have been screened and terrified unnecessarily when screened for certain disease processes, and many of them opted to have procedures done out of fear, and a lack of understanding.
16 doctors, who are members of a national task force are officially deciding which screens we need, which ones we do not and which ones are actually harmful to us. The tests that are recommended to us for screening are a byproduct of their reports and recommendations.
For some of us used to going to doctors who screen us to stay healthy, many are now not trusting the reduced recommendations which in their opinion helped them stay healthy. What if those screens had nothing to do with your health, and the early diagnosis habit was really just a myth that caused healthy people to undergo screens that caused false positive tests and rattled nerves and harmed us, in ways we couldn’t imagine.
Basically this is what this group is assigned to do; look at years of data and determine what we really need. Check this Washington Post article out here
You”™ve never heard of the powerful doctors making decisions about your health
By Lena H. Sun March 7 ïƒ
They are the most powerful group of doctors no one has ever heard of “” 16 physicians who decide which checkups and tests Americans need to stay healthy. But increasingly, their work is more controversial than obscure.
The doctors sit on the national task force that told most women to forget about yearly mammograms until they turn 50, raising an uproar that had barely quieted by the time the group then decided most men shouldn”™t be screened for prostate cancer.
These recommendations did more than just rattle ordinary Americans, who thought earlier and regular testing would help to protect their health. They set off far larger reverberations, provoking advocacy groups, medical organizations and lawmakers and triggering questions about the very meaning of preventive medicine and about conflicts between politics and science.