POSTED: Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 7:13pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 3:58am
TYLER - Task Force a group not affiliated with the government says women should prolong early breast cancer screenings and start examinations when they turn fifty. The group then says the patient should continue with screenings only every two years. This theory goes against the American Cancer Society which says women should begin preventive care at the age of forty and continue with screenings every year. Dr. Svetislava Vukeja at Texas Oncology says she also disagrees with the Task Force and says early detection is crucial for prevention. Dr. Vukeja says if a woman has a first degree family history with breast cancer she should begin screenings as early as ten years before the age of family member when diagnosed. Also, Dr. Vukeja stressed how women should be able to perform self breast examinations without confusion.