Not only did Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN show his imbalanced perspective on the US Preventive Services Task Force breast screening recommendation. But CNN’s non-physician medical correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen, also offered her opinion on the air.
“This task force is the only big group that is saying this. There are lots of groups that disagree with this. So for me, a woman in her 40s who has to make this decision, I look at it this way. I say, alright, government task force says I don’t necessarily need a mammogram. On the other hand, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists says I should get one. The American Society for Clinical Oncology says I should get one. The American Cancer Society (a chuckle and smirk now appear in her voice and on her voice) say I should get one. I think you can see how that decision – how that weighs out.”
No, Elizabeth, I don’t see from what you cited how that decision should play out.
Because you haven’t explained any evidence to me.
You haven’t explained the need for shared decision-making between informed patients and their health care providers.
You’ve merely drawn a red state/blue state map for me – except that your map was incomplete. What do you mean by “big group”? Do you mean the organizations with big PR machines that usually spin their stories through you?
Because the National Breast Cancer Coalition, Breast Cancer Action, and the National Women’s Health Network are among the “little groups” – as you must define them – who support the US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations.
CNN, what have you done to educate viewers on this issue?
What have you done to explain the data?
And why should I care about what Elizabeth Cohen decides?
Why should I care any more about her decision than about the story of women who regret that they ever were screened? (A story she chose not to tell.)
You can hear what Cohen said and how she said it in the clip below from Newsy.com.
You’ll also see the comments from Fox News’ “Dr. Manny.” Perhaps CNN has achieved its goal. In an attempt to catch Fox News in the ratings, it has become just like Fox News.