American Cancer Society Updates Mammogram Guidelines

American Cancer Society Updates Mammogram Guidelines


FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 12 YEARS, THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY HAS UPDATED GUIDELINES FOR WOMEN ON WHEN THEY SHOULD GET MAMMOGRAMS. THE CHANGES MIGHT SURPRISE YOU. Reporter: A MAMMOGRAM CAN LOOK SUSPICIOUS BUT ON FURTHER TESTING AND PERHAPS A BIOPSY, THE SPOT MAY TURN OUT TO BE NOTHING. THIS IS NOT A SMALL MATTER TO THE THOUSANDS OF WOMEN THIS HAPPENS TO EVERY YEAR. FOR THAT, AND OTHER REASONS, EXPERTS EXAMINE DECADES OF RESEARCH TO UPDATE THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY’S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BREAST CANCER SCREENING. WHAT WE REALIZE IS THAT THERE’S AREAS THAT THE EVIDENCE IS VERY CLEAR AND THERE’S OTHER AREAS THAT THERE MAY BE A TRADEOFF. WE RECOMMEND STARTING REGULAR SCREENING AT AGE 45. THE EVIDENCE CLEARLY SHOWS THAT THERE WAS SUBSTANTIAL MAGNITUDE OF BENEFIT LIVES SAVED COMPARED TO THE RISKS OF HAVING A FALSE POSITIVE BY ONGY, FALSE POSITIVE ADDITIONAL IMAGES OR OVERDIAGNOSIS. Reporter: THE NEW RECOMMENDTATIONS SUPPORT SCREENINGS AT AGE 45 AND EVERY OTHER YEAR AS OF AGE 55. WOMEN 40 TO 44 COULD OPT FOR EARLY SCREENING AND 55 AND OLDER COULD CONTINUE TO HAVE YEARLY SCREENING IF THEY CHOOSE. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND A PARTICULAR AGE TO STOP SCREENING. THERE’S DEFINITELY BENEFIT IN THE MID-70s. WE THINK BENEFIT BEYOND THAT IN WOMEN WHO WERE ACTIVE AND HAVE A TEN-YEAR LIFE EXPECTANCY, REASONABLY GOOD HEALTH. Reporter: THIS BREAST CANCER ADVOCATE LOST HER BEST FRIEND TO BREAST CANCER. DIANA RAISES FUND TO INCREASE SCREENING OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN. SHE DISAGREES WITH THIS NEW ADVICE. YOU RARELY HEAR THIS DIAGNOSIS THAT THEY ARE DIAGNOSED AND DIE SIX EIGHT MONTHS LATER. WE’VE HAD YOUNG FAITHS LEFT AND RIGHT UNDER THE AGE OF 50. RADIATION IS A SMALL EFFECT. BENEFIT OF THE MAMMOGRAM FAR OUTWEIGHS THE RISK OF RADIATION. Reporter: THIS GUIDELINE IS NOT A ONE-SIZE-FITS ALL. IT’S KEY THE WOMAN IS ABLE TO EXPRESS HER BELIEFS, VALUES AND

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