Papastavros' Responds to Recent Screening Mammo Recommendations
November 20, 2009 - At a time when the breast cancer incidence remains high and is of great concern to women, the revised recommendations for breast cancer surveillance from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) are difficult to understand. While mammography is not a perfect examination, mammography screening for women ages 40 and above is one of the major health advances of the past few decades – with the onset of screening, the death rate from advanced breast cancer, which had been unchanged for the previous 50 years, has decreased by 30% since 1990.
According to the American Cancer Society, the most recent data shows that approximately 17 percent of breast cancer deaths occurred in women diagnosed in their 40’s and 22 percent occurred in women diagnosed in their 50’s. Focusing on prevention and early detection is clearly critical in improving women’s health and in saving lives.
Papastavros’ Associates Medical Imaging agrees with the American Cancer Society that the screening mammography guidelines remain unchanged: annual mammograms starting at age 40 unless earlier screening is indicated for higher risk women.
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To read additional responses, click on the links below:
U.S Department of Health & Human Services
American Cancer Society
American College of Radiology
Susan G. Komen
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists