One of the biggest frustrations with the American health care system is that it is incapable of accurately pricing goods and services. The reimbursement that providers receive varies considerably based on which insurer is paying.
People are already interested in reading about and watching celebrities. Using their life experiences and health journeys as an expository case study not only is stealth public health education. Charlie Sheen did a good thing and has given us a platform. Let's use it.
We need to refocus our resources and attention on the two things that really matter: (1) stopping men and women from getting breast cancer in the first place -- primary prevention; and (2) preventing metastasis if they do.
We will need to finally figure out the anatomy of the breast ducts and develop reliable ways to image and monitor them -- which is something Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation is committed to doing. If DCIS is really just like rust in the pipes, maybe the next step is to figure out how to squirt something like Drano down the duct and clean them out!
More people are insured, and more people can afford their health care.