"The bottom line is this: Women should be emboldened to make an informed decision that works best for them. The facts are the facts: Getting screened every year at 40 will save the most lives. If the potential for anxiety and overtreatment outweighs your concern of a breast cancer diagnosis, then waiting until 45 or 50 may be the best option for you. But it’s important that women are aware that they’re trading the chance to find out that they have cancer at an early stage when it can be most effectively treated, for relief from anxiety and the theoretical potential of overtreatment," wrote Phoebe Freer, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology, Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, in an op-ed published in Fortune Magazine.
SBI Member Lisa Schneider, MD, a breast imaging specialist from Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN, discusses the inconsistencies within the recent USPSTF recommendations and the ACS guidelines. She also discusses when women should begin having annual mammograms during an interview with KARE in Minneapolis, MN.