Winning The War?

Cancer Screening Data Often Misunderstood By Doctors / Medscape Today / by Roxanne Nelson / Mar 2012 [References study in Annals of Internal Medicine 2012; 156: 340-349, 392-393. Abstract]

The $640 Billion Question: Why Does Cost-Effective Care Diffuse So Slowly / New England Journal of Medicine / by Victor Fuchs Ph.D. and Arnold Milstein M.D., M.P.H. / Vol 364, May 26, 2011.

New cancer drugs often get flashy headlines /  USA Today Forum / Kevin Pho / July 5, 2011.

The Hard Truth About Health Care / The Washington Post / by Ezra Klein / June 6, 2011.

Check Your Charity! / Time Magazine / by Bill Saporito / June 6, 2011

Diagnosis as disease: Physicians are now making diagnoses in individuals who wouldn’t have been considered sick in the past, and it’s raising healthcare costs / LA Times / by H.Gilbert Welch / May 6, 2011

Have We Made Progress in Inflammatory Breast Cancer? Not So Fast / ONCOLOGY. Vol. 25 No. 3 / by Kelly K. Hunt MD, Wendy A. Woodward MD, PhD / March 21, 2011

U.S. Breast Cancer Rates No Longer Falling / Medscape / by Janis Kelly / Mar. 8, 2011

Why Almost Everything You Hear About Medicine Is Wrong / Newsweek / by Sharon Begley / Jan. 24, 2011

A Pink-Ribbon Race, Years LongThe New York Times / by Roni Caryn Rabin / Jan. 17, 2011

Desperately Seeking Cures: How the road from promising scientific breakthrough to real-world remedy has become all but a dead end. / Newsweek / by Sharon Begley / May 15, 2010

This Won’t Hurt a Bit: How we can save billions by cutting out unnecessary procedures that kill tens of thousands a year. / Newsweek / by Sharon Begley / Mar. 5, 2010

The Myth of ‘Best In The World’; A spate of new research shows the U.S. behind other countries in cancer survival and diabetes care. Newsweek / by Sharon Begley / 2008 – A spate of new research shows the U.S. behind other countries in cancer survival and diabetes care. “The best in the world” is a myth that should not be an impediment to reform.

This Is No Way To Cure Cancer / Newsweek / by Sharon Begley / 2007 – The government dangles $1.5 billion in front of scientists, they rarely say, oh no, please, keep it, there are better ways to spend the money. But as the biomedical … another megaproject called the Cancer Genome Atlas has some leading scientists doing exactly that, making the heretical suggestion that this latest extravaganza is poor science and bad policy.

In Situ Breast Cancer, Is It Really Cancer?CURE / by Beverly A. Caley / 2010, originally published 2006

Who Needs Breasts Anyway? / Time Magazine / by Molly Ivins / 2002 – Molly Ivins was found to have Stage III inflammatory breast cancer in 1999. She writes: “Having breast cancer is massive amounts of no fun. First they mutilate you; then they poison you; then they burn you. I have been on blind dates better than that.”

Cases, Deaths and Survival Rates; Judging Success or Failure of the War on Cancer Is Difficult / The Washington Post / by Don Colburn / Dec. 3, 1991 – “For 40 years, since long before the war on cancer was formally declared, most government-funded research has been pursuing the Holy Grail of a cure and has focused on developing better treatments. Bailar said it’s time for a shift in direction — away from cure and toward prevention…We put most of our hopes on treatment, but that hasn’t happened.”


Mammogram’s Role as Savior is Tested / The New York Times / by Tara Parker-Pope / Oct. 24, 2011.



Study Urges More Individual Mammogram Guidelines / LA Times / by Shari Roan / July 5, 2011.

Mammogram’s Value in Cancer Fight at Issue / The New York Times / by Gina Kolata / Sep. 22, 2010

Doctor-Patient Divide on Mammograms / The New York Times / by Roni Caryn Rabin / Feb. 15, 2010

The New Old Age: Mammograms and Severe DementiaThe New York Times / by Paula Span / Feb. 15, 2010

Mammogram Math / The New York Times / by John Allen Paulos / Dec. 10, 2009

Get a Mammogram. No Don’t. Repeat. / The New York Times / by Gina Kolata / Nov., 21, 2009

Mammogram Debate Took Group by Surprise / The New York Times / by Gina Kolata / Nov. 20, 2009

Insurers Unlikely to Alter Policies in the Debate Over Mammograms / The New York Times / by Natasha Singer and Reed Abelson / Nov. 18, 2009

Panel Urges Mammograms at 50, not 40 / The New York Times / by Gina Kolata / Nov. 16, 2009

New Guidelines on Breast Cancer Draw Opposition / The New York Times / by Robin Caryn Rabin / Nov. 16, 2009

Cancer Society, In Shift, Has Concerns On Screenings / The New York Times / by Gina Kolata / Oct. 20, 2009.

The Excessive Focus on Mammography / LA Times Opinion / by H. Gilbert Welch MD / Nov. 3, 2008.

Early Detection Doesn’t Solve Every Problem / LA Times / by Barbara A. Brenner / Mar. 17, 2002

Some Experts Say Mammography Controversy Overdue Women’s ENews / by Cynthia L. Cooper / Feb. 3, 2002

The Verdict’s Still Out / Newsweek / by Sharon Begley / Jan. 24, 2002

Expert Panel Cites Doubts on Mammogram’s Worth / The New York Times / by Gina Kolata / Jan. 24, 2002

Study Sets Off Debate Over Mammogram’s Value / The New York Times / by Gina Kolata / Dec. 9, 2001

Good News and Bad News About Breast Cancer / The Atlantic Monthly / by David Plotkin MD / 1996


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