The mammography wars heat up again

Unfortunately, it’s grant application crunch time again over the weekend. That means something’s got to give, and what happened to be the thing to give was this blog. Fortunately, all is not lost, as a “good friend” of mine has commented on a recent New England Journal of Medicine study from Thursday about mammography. It may not be as “insolent” as the commentary that Orac lays down, but it’s pretty darned good.

I’m fully expecting that the “alternative” medicine crowd will soon jump all over this study as “proof” that mammography is useless. It’s nothing of the sort, and, more importantly, it is not validation of thermography or any of the other woo that naturopaths, chiropractors, and various other purveyors of pseudoscientific medical nostrums claim to be superior to mammographic screening.

Also, several of you have sent me a particularly disturbing post about a woman undergoing “alternative medicine” treatment for breast cancer over at that repository of all things quackery, The Huffington Post. It was so disturbing that I almost gave in to my temptation to throw up my hands at the frustration of grant writing and dig in. Fortunately, I resisted the temptation last night, but I don’t plan on resisting much longer.