The media have increased the controversy about the recent changes in the recommendations for Breast Screening Mammography and breast self examination. Basically, the recommendation to have biannual breast mammograms done has changed from 40 to 50 years of age. This is because a thorough study of the screening results, outcomes, complications of investigations and breast cancer survival figures have shown no significant survival difference but higher investigation complications from earlier screening. Stay tuned.
I think this quote is relevant:
“So, what does this mean if you are a woman in your 40s? You should talk to your doctor and make an informed decision about whether a mammography is right for you based on your family history, general health, and personal values.”
Diana Petitti, MD, MPH
Vice Chair, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
November 19, 2009