Red Ribbons For Britain
Here is Health Secretary John Reid commenting on the British mammography system:
We know that detecting cancer early helps save lives...Last year, over 11,000 women had breast cancer detected and treated more quickly than they otherwise would have thanks to the NHS breast screening programme
And how are the British suddenly doing such a stellar job in breast cancer detection nowadays? By catching up to what we've been doing in America for the past 30 years or so. According to the same article (italics mine):
The increase in the number of cancers being detected by screening is largely due to the introduction of two-view mammography
Investing £11.5 million to extending the breast screening programme to women aged 65-70, coupled with an extra £11.4 million for equipment, has also helped to significantly improve the number of cancers picked up.
You see, until 2001, the NHS breast screening program insisted that women undergoing screening mammography needed only one view of each breast every two years.
The British have been insisting for years that the American mammography screening program with it's assiduous application, two view technique, and yearly mammography protocol is overkill and wasteful.
Now overkill has a different meaning for them.
Because what they were really saying was that they did not want to pay for two views, yearly screening, updated machinery, and employment of professional mammographers... eh what??
What say you now, after you see how many women have died from YOUR program?
Here's what Julietta Patnick, Director of the NHS Cancer Screening Program has to say:
"Following the implementation of two-view mammography, we are seeing an improvement in the rate of cancer detection."
Oh...how insightful...it only took twenty-five years for you to catch on. For years, breast cancer experts in the United States have looked silently upon the SHAME of the British breast cancer screening program.
Two Views Or No Views
This is especially important in mammography where the clumped breast tissue can look mass-like in one view and completely different in a second view; likewise, one can easily miss an obscured cancer in one view while it is completely evident on the second view.
The nationalized British health care system which is under the control of bureaucrats and subjected to the pressures of a budget tied into the government, decided that it was too expensive to do two views of the breast for every woman. So they did one view only -- every two years. This despite American and certain international experts decrying this decision as anti-scientific and a disaster for women.
The British countered that there was no good proof that our screening mammography program saved lives -- but the data against our system was based on criminally inadequate screening programs derived from national systems like -- and including -- Britain and Canada! Many of the conflicting reports we have read in the past concerning the efficacy of mammography have had their origins in systems that employ inadequate imaging on older machines being interpreted by under trained personnel -- like those in Britain and Canada.
Because of this murderous decision, thousands and thousands of British women have had their breast cancer diagnosis delayed. These women are now mostly dead. In addition, British medical authorities have, for years, looked superciliously on the American system of two views every year as paradigmatic of American medical paranoia, fear of death, and tendency to overspend with little clinical benefit.
Worse yet, the British stance on mammography has lead to suspicion and doubt about the procedure which has created a climate of distrust -- MORE damage we can blame on the nationalized British health care system.
Take Home Lesson
It must become clear to all that if we tie health care into the government budget any more than it already is (and we have already gone to far) we will suffer the same genocide, sooner or later, in some other way, because politicians and bureaucrats do not have jobs that are linked to your survival and medical well being. Their jobs are linked to the budget, and health costs become a part of the budget in a silent way.
In addition, because dependence on the government lead to the breeding of health care morons in the populace -- no one questions the status quo. I have personally sat at the dinner table with sophisticated, intelligent British citizens and explained to them that their women were being denied proper breast screening leading to their unnecessary deaths. These individuals thought me quaint and unbalanced. But the real problem was that their health care IQ was below 70 -- moron level according to the Supreme Court...and their reliance on the government to take care of them was anachronistic and ignorant, as these revelations show conclusively.
Our only hope, in the United States, is to push for more freedom in health care choices. More information. More education.
Handing over your health to the government increases the likelihood that you will become part of the next great silent medical pogrom.