This well-crafted post starts out by analyzing the recent mammogram recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force, making a number of key points:
- The USPSTF is a very prestigious group, working in a generally highly evidence-based manner, and squeaky-clean with regard to conflict of interest
- The recommendation that women consider waiting till 50 to start mammograms, and have them every 2 years rather than annually, is about as noncontroversial as you can get, and matches the WHO recommendations and guidelines in European nations that have excellent breast cancer statistics
- There was clearly no cost-cutting agenda involved in the USPSTF deliberations, and there are physical and psychological harms due to excess mammograms that are quite independent of cost
Their final conclusion: "When critics with conflicts of interest are banned from the argument, the controversy vanishes."