Assigned Reading: Andrew Lloyd Webber Has Prostate Cancer
(FROM: UK Daily Mail)
No, I’m not a musical theatre buff. It’s fine, but you won’t hear showtunes on my car stereo. Still, the recent diagnosis of stage legend Andrew Lloyd Webber with prostate cancer is significant in that it reflects upon the debate currently waging over health care.
Last week, the New York Times published a politically convenient piece which argued that the benefit of cancer screenings may be overstated, that early detection could be of less value than originally thought.
Studies suggest that some patients are enduring aggressive treatments for cancers that could have gone undetected for a lifetime without hurting them. At the same time, some cancers found through screening and treated in the earliest stages still end up being deadly.
As a result, the chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society now says that the benefits of early detection are often overstated. The cancer society says it will continue to revise its public messages about cancer screening as new information becomes available.
While the limits of cancer screening have long been known in the prevention community, the debate is new and confusing to many patients who have been told repeatedly to undergo screening mammograms or annual blood tests to gauge prostate cancer risk.
The entire thing is absolutely asinine, and an example of the Times’ blatant promotion of the White House’s health care reform agenda.
My mother is still alive now because her breast cancer was caught early (a CPA, she was diagnosed on April 15, 1994). My father-in-law is thankfully cancer-free after his prostate cancer was caught early. And Andrew Lloyd Webber, no doubt a hero to the left, will hopefully be able to continue his storied career because his prostate cancer, too, was caught early.
When will people wake up and see the bias so shamelessly made evident by the news media? Good grief. Where are the cancer societies and other awareness groups on this? It doesn’t take a genius, after all, to see that the New York Times was denouncing the value of early cancer screening in order to fit the president’s agenda.
Maybe Andrew Lloyd Webber will write a play about it. Perhaps then the naive left will stand up and pay attention.