Jan 8, 2010 3:44 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
Guidelines issued in November by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force which recommend against women in their 40s having routine mammograms have caused a lot of anguish for American women as they worry about the best way to protect their health.
Two respected groups came out this week with a recommendation contradicting the November guidelines. The American College of the Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging both say mammograms should begin at 40 for women with an average risk of breast cancer and by 30 for high-risk women.
Dr. Carol Lee of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, who wrote a study appearing in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, agrees, "The significant decrease in breast cancer mortality, which amounts to nearly 30 percent since 1990, is a major medical success and is due largely to earlier detection of breast cancer through mammography screening."
The recommendations for mammograms have been in the works for about two years.