Are You Confused About When or Why to Get a Mammogram?
You may have read various news reports about when to get a mammogram and why. The fact is that mammography is the best tool available to screen for breast cancer. It has helped reduce the breast cancer death rate in the United States by 30 percent. At present, there are no tests to replace mammography. Experts at the American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) recommend that women receive an annual mammograms starting at age 40. You may want to review the ACR and SBI breast cancer screening guidelines by clicking the hyperlink below.
ACR/SBI Mammography Guidelines
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines
National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guidelines
By not getting annual mammograms starting at age 40, you increase your chances of dying from breast cancer and the likelihood that you will experience more extensive treatment for any cancers found.
In 2016, the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) advised against annual mammograms for women in their forties. These recommendations have been scientifically rejected by every major medical organization with demonstrated expertise in breast cancer care. The federal government has barred Medicare and private insurance companies from considering the recommendations when making coverage determinations for mammograms. We include the USPSTF recommendations and American Cancer Society guidelines only to inform you that they exist.
Screening for Breast Cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement
Breast Cancer Screening for Women at Average Risk: 2015 Guideline Update From the American Cancer Society
If you have questions about how to prepare for a mammogram, what to expect during the exam, how to obtain your results, as well as the benefits, risks, and limitations of the exam, click the link below.
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