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Money, Mammograms

A federal panel of health experts recommends reducing mammogram frequency for both medical and financial reasons.

“Talk about perfect timing. Just as the last ‘death panel’ falsettos fade into the droning no-government- takeover chorus, along come those ‘faceless government bureaucrats’ from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force to stop the music in the nation’s busy and profitable mammography suites. No more breast self-exams or mammograms for low-risk women under 50; mammograms only every other year after the age of 50; nothing for any woman over 74. That was the thunderclap pronouncement from the acrobatically acronymic USPSTF, the dreaded ‘they’ from the gub’mint that has the folks at Fox in full fulmination.”


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