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Monday, February 29, 2016

Confused about mammography screening? Don’t be, here are the FACTS

You might be wondering…when should I get my first mammogram? 40? 45? 50? And then once I get it how often should I get one, every year? Every other year? Too many organizations are recommending too many different things about when to begin and how often to get a mammogram. So if you are confused you have good reason to be. Most recently the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) added to the confusion when it reaffirmed its previous recommendation and said that women do not need to begin screening until age 50 and then it does not need to be done but every other year. The science does not support this recommendation and neither does the Society for Breast Imaging. Annual mammography screening beginning at age 40 saves the most lives. 

Here are the facts to keep in mind in light of the USPSTF recommendations:

• Mammography saves lives. Before mammography half of breast cancer patients died from breast cancer.

• One in six or sixteen percent of breast cancers occur in women in their 40’s.

• Breast cancer may not become lethal, but science cannot predict which cancer will grow and which will not.

• Risk-based screening has no scientific basis. Most cancers affect women whose only risk factor is their gender. Risk–based screening will miss 75% of breast cancers.

• For every 1,000 women screened there are less than 100 women asked to come back for additional views. These are usually to clarify an insignificant area. Less than 10 of 1,000 women will be recommended for a minimally invasive core biopsy. Two of these 10 biopsies will find a small breast cancer – before it has spread to the lymph nodes and requires chemotherapy or a mastectomy.

The Society of Breast Imaging‘s goal for its initiative End the Confusion is to provide evidence based information on breast cancer screening. We will continue to provide information and resources as well as our views on the latest breast cancer screening news so we encourage you to regularly visit the website, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@BreastImaging). Hopefully we have addressed and will continue to address any and all confusion you experience when it comes to breast cancer screening. 

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The Society of Breast Imaging‘s goal for its initiative End the Confusion is to provide evidence based information on breast cancer screening. We will continue to provide information and resources as well as our views on the latest breast cancer screening news so we encourage you to regularly visit the website, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@BreastImaging). Hopefully we have addressed and will continue to address any and all confusion you experience when it comes to breast cancer screening. 

*The Society of Breast Imaging welcomes contributions from guest bloggers. If you would like to be a guest blogger, please review the guidelines here and email your blog post to info@sbi-online.org.*


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