When we think about science, we have this belief that it is full of facts and absolutes. The fact is, there are no absolutes in science. The new guidelines on mammograms highlight this very well. I was elated today when I learned that there is justification for my procrastination. I just turned 47 a few weeks ago and I have never had a mammogram. While there was a bit of rational thought process in this decision, it was mostly just because I have been really busy since age 40, when most of my friends were starting down the road of yearly breast cancer screenings. The only doctor visits in my life have been those that were necessary to deal with minor issues that have presented themselves. So this year, armed with an excellent new health insurance plan, I was all set to start taking charge of my health again. And I am doing so. But...putting my breasts in a vice and having them shot with radiation can wait for 3 more years. Hooray for the non-exact science of medicine...and its intersection with politics, public fear, economics, and the media. When we are parenting and teaching, it is critical to help our children put all current events into context. In order to make sense of the world around them today, they must learn to be savvy consumers of all things science. It is our job to help them become strong, critical thinkers, capable of connecting the dots.
Janine Walker Caffrey writes about reading, education and a few other topics related to happiness and life in general.