American healthcare companies ‘bribe’ women to obtain mammograms

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By SOLA OGUNDIPE

IN what has been described as an innovation, hospitals and cancer centers in the United States of America are  advertising “gifts” to women who go for mammograms.

The development  began just before the Christmas period, and is fast gaining momentum as thousand of women take up the offers.

In Minneapolis, for instance, women aged 50-69, are  to receive a $25 gift card if they get a mammogram. All they need do is fill out, sign and mail in a voucher from their healthcare provider.

The CentraState Healthcare System in New Jersey offers a similar programme to members who agree to get a mammogram. Women who agree to undergo the mammogram  receive  a $30 gift certificate towards a one-hour health spa session,and a one-week pass to the CentraState wellness center.

In Michigan, the Henry Ford Health System rewards women, with $20 gift certificates in exchange for getting mammograms. The approach is aimed at to convincing more women to get mammograms as part of an affirmative action-type programme to “eliminate the racial gap in mammogram screening.”

Health groups in Illinois, Wisconsin  and many other places are offering rewards for compliance with the mammogram agenda.

In some hospitals, staff are  encouraging local women to hold so-called “mammogram parties” for the purpose of  persuading women get irradiated.

A mammogram is a special type of x-ray of the breasts. Mammograms can show tumours long before they are big enough to be felt. The process takes only a few seconds and it can help save lives from breast cancer.

However, scientific studies say mammograms are highly dangerous  and a direct cause of breast cancer.The Lancet once published a study that showed mammograms offer absolutely no health benefits at all.

The development  began just before the Christmas period, and is fast gaining momentum as thousand of women take up the offers.

In Minneapolis, for instance, women aged 50-69, are  to receive a $25 gift card if they get a mammogram. All they need do is fill out, sign and mail in a voucher from their healthcare provider.

The CentraState Healthcare System in New Jersey offers a similar programme to members who agree to get a mammogram. Women who agree to undergo the mammogram  receive  a $30 gift certificate towards a one-hour health spa session,and a one-week pass to the CentraState wellness center.

In Michigan, the Henry Ford Health System rewards women, with $20 gift certificates in exchange for getting mammograms. The approach is aimed at to convincing more women to get mammograms as part of an affirmative action-type programme to “eliminate the racial gap in mammogram screening.”

Health groups in Illinois, Wisconsin  and many other places are offering rewards for compliance with the mammogram agenda.

In some hospitals, staff are  encouraging local women to hold so-called “mammogram parties” for the purpose of  persuading women get irradiated.

A mammogram is a special type of x-ray of the breasts. Mammograms can show tumours long before they are big enough to be felt. The process takes only a few seconds and it can help save lives from breast cancer.

However, scientific studies say mammograms are highly dangerous  and a direct cause of breast cancer.The Lancet once published a study that showed mammograms offer absolutely no health benefits at all.

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