Healio (2/23) reports that research indicated “a large number of women with early-stage breast cancer received imaging tests that may be medically unnecessary.”
Samir Patel, MD, Diagnostic Radiologist, Radiology Inc. tells the South Bend Tribune, the likelihood of dying of breast cancer will be 70 percent less for women who begin screening annually at age 40 than if they follow the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines.
SBI Member Dr. Rebecca A. Zuurbier, associate professor of radiology at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and director of breast imaging at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, explains why beginning annual mammograms at age 40 will save the most lives.
SBI Member, Lisa Schneider, MD, of the Piper Breast Center at West Health in Minneapolis, Minnesota, spoke to community members about the importance of annual breast cancer screenings. The meeting was featured in a news story by 12 News in Minneapolis. Dr. Schneider told the group, "the benefit of screening mammography is that it can detect cancers before a woman can feel them, before it has a chance to spread potentially."