Two National Medical Groups Issue New...

Two National Medical Groups Issue New Mammogram Guidelines

There are 10 comments on the 5News KFSM story from Jan 5, 2010, titled Two National Medical Groups Issue New Mammogram Guidelines. In it, 5News KFSM reports that:

Just when women thought breast cancer screening couldn't get any more confusing, two national medical groups have issued new mammogram guidelines.

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Linda C in Washington

Seattle, WA

#1 Jan 5, 2010
Ask the familys of young girls/mothers/sisters/aunts etc that die before the age of 50.......Check your background and use common sense. When in doubt JUST DO IT.....

Denver, CO

#2 Jan 5, 2010
UGHHH this is so frustrating. Nobody is asking the technologists how many positive mammograms they see. How many cancers are spotted before even age 40. Whom ever makes these decisions or statements need to keep their mounths shut and mind their own business because they have no brains. Have your baseline at age 35 and yearly mammograms at age 40. Unless your high risk. follow ACR guidelines. Being a mammotech for over 20 years i have seen breast cancer in women who are in their early 20's and early 30's.
B Sharp

Hendersonville, TN

#3 Jan 5, 2010
No one has the right to tell us what age we have to be to have a mammogram. The people that are making these decision probably aren't women.
Carol Russell

Tomball, TX

#4 Jan 5, 2010
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force is only trying to avoid payments for preventative medicine as it will save millions for OBama's National Health Insurance. What comes next will be really scary. He will then say someone diagnosed with stage 4 cancer has no chance for recovery so he will refuse to pay for treatments and only allow comfort measures. The choice will be taken away.
Rose Tolliver

Sacramento, CA

#5 Jan 5, 2010
So what's really the right time frame for mammogram. This can be very scarrey not knowing when its a good time for screening. And knowing that the pat. not getting a good reading HELP!
Mammo Tech 2

Truckee, CA

#6 Jan 5, 2010
I have to completely agree with mammotech from Denver! We see the same thing way to often in young women. I myself got a baseline prior to 40 and I feel so much better that I did. Women need to be more pro active about their healthcare. If you have a strong history or have problems then it's better to be safe then sorry! Mammograms have improved greatly and only take a few minutes to do!
John Jennings

Upland, CA

#7 Jan 5, 2010
The decrease in mortality is certainly in part due to increased awareness of which screening is a PART!!!! Few in the field would question that screening played a role. The changes that were suggested to the prior guidelines that the USPSTF suggested were more than reasonable. unfortunely the news media sensationalized them and furthermore failed to understnad (given the general idiocy of science and medicine reporting in the ge4neral news media did the "reporters" actually bother to read the old and the revised recommendations?) the subleties of those changes. On the other hand one would certainly question whtehr the Amercian College of Radiology is the most rational body to give recommendations. This "august" body has obvious significnat major conflicts of financial interest here. More importantly , these profesiionals have absoultey nothing to do with the actual diagnosis or treatment or care for women (and rarely men) with breast cancer.

North Brunswick, NJ

#8 Jan 5, 2010
Now you know why Canada, Great Britain, France and Germany have been reported to suffer up to a 20% higher DEATH rates, than the USA, from common cancers. Delays in diagnosis and treatment to save money. We do not need ObamaCare. There will be more convenient care for minor complaints such as colds, but don't get a serious or complex condition.

Aurora, CO

#9 Jan 5, 2010
My daughter is 35 and has just been diagnosed with breast cancer, where would she be, had she waited until age 50???

Cambridge, UK

#11 Jan 6, 2010
It is a visceral issue for many. The problem is that when screening 40-50 year olds, there are many false positives. That is things that look cancerous but are not. These finding result in needless biopsies that disfigure women. They also reduce the zeal in the population to get mammography. There is the radiation that will actually cause cancers. So it is a balancing act. Trying to find the best place to start screening is not as simple a question of gee let us just do everybody.

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