If you’re confused about when to start getting mammograms and how often you should be getting them, you’re not alone. The very organizations that are responsible for telling us when and how often to get those screenings don’t agree.
The American Cancer Society updated its guidelines on screening mammography this week. They now recommend that most women not begin annual screening mammography until age 45. When they turn 55, it recommends that they switch to every-other-year screening. The ACS does state that women should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms if they wish to do so. The risk of screening as well as the potential benefits should be discussed with their primary care physician.
Breast cancer is the number 1 malignant cause of death in women between the ages of 35 and 60, and a leading cause of death of women in their thirties, forties and fifties, overall. It is a serious condition, worth detecting early.
Dr Erik Kilgore, a radiologist who specializes in breast imaging at Vancouver Radiologists had this to stay about the new guidelines. “Women and their doctors should know that the American Cancer Society has always and still does state that annual mammography screening starting at the age of 40 saves the most lives. All women should be provided with accurate information so that they can make informed decisions about their health care.”
Vancouver Radiologists remains deeply committed to women’s health and breast care issues. The physicians of Vancouver Radiologists still strongly believe that annual screening mammography starting at the age of 40 saves the most lives. Vancouver Radiologists now offers 3D Mammography which has been proven to be more effective at early breast cancer detection as well as reducing the need for follow-up imaging.