I want to write an OpEd or a letter to the editor or SOMETHING but I'm not up for the tar and feathers that will follow. I think I've already established myself as one who isn't afraid to write about things that may not be "popular." Case in point? Yesterday. That dense breast law that was signed months ago and went into effect in NYS some time within the past couple of days.
I'm not trying to beat a dead horse as they say.... and that's probably politically incorrect phrase but calm down.. it's a phrase..... not literal.
There was an article in Newsday about the dense breast law and "raising awareness" of its existence. WHY? Is it really necessary to raise AWARENESS of a law that will mandate radiologists to sent a canned letter to approximately 40% of the women who will be in their offices for mammographies. Won't the necessary parties be AWARE upon receipt of the letter. Maybe I'm just tired of the word "aware" .... For me, the word "awareness" conjures an imagine in my mind. The image is pink and yes, it's the ribbon.
I am not going to reprint the article because I do not know if I am permitted to do so. I have access to the article through my DSL provider. In short, the article cites one activist who was the driving force behind getting this thing signed into law and one politician who took aim at the medical community by claiming they attempted to put up brick walls to stop the law. Obviously, the medical community used straw and wood because someone huffed and puffed and blew that wall down.
There was a quote at the very end from the FDA. They are early in the process of drafting regulations to address the density issue ..... but no further details can be disclosed at this time..... The cryptic wording leads me to believe the FDA may actually be the one who infuses common sense into this mess.
I know this is important information. It's something we need to know. Yes, it matters. Not so sure about the need for the crack at my intelligence, "Are you dense?" but I have a sense of humor, so I'm shrugging that one off. Besides, I'm not dense any longer. As I already stated, mine are in a medical waste field (or more accurately-in a tissue bank) ....
I sent an email to the journalist who wrote the article seeking some follow up commentary from the medical community, asking for the data to support some of the purported numbers mentioned in the article.
I hope to hear from her. I cc'd the email to the editor of the paper. I was respectful. Hopefully, I will be treated with the same respect and I will receive a real response.