How necessary are mammograms for early detection?


POSTED: Friday, June 13, 2014 - 5:22pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 13, 2014 - 5:49pm

New studies are suggesting an over-use of mammograms and an under-use of colonoscopies when it comes to cancer prevention.

A survey of more than 600 women in their 40s found 65% had undergone a mammogram screening within the past year.

Now, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF)has set new guidelines recommending women over 50 who are not at high risk, only undergo mammograms every other year.

It's a growing argument in the medical community that not everyone agrees on.

"No one study should be really changing the screening recommendation I think that it's important for patient to understand that."  Said Dr. Sasha Vukeljn of Texas Oncology-Tyler.

"That there is a risk benefit of screening, early detection. And patients who are at high risk for breast cancer may have a screening and diagnostic mammogram even more often if indicated." 

Dr. Vukljn has seen multiple patients find cancer early enough to treat because of yearly mammograms.

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