Researchers Release New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

The American College of Physicians has issued new screening guidelines for women of average risk of developing breast cancer.

Part of these new guidelines say an average-risk woman should begin mammogram screenings every-other-year beginning at age fifty.

They also suggest an average-risk woman, who does not have breast symptoms, should have a conversation with her doctor about screening benefits and risks beginning at age forty.

The new guidelines are based on research that says performing mammograms every-other-year reduces the potential for false-positive test results, over-diagnosis, overtreatment, and radiation exposure, among other factors.

But doctors say the level of risk versus the level of benefit is different for every woman, so no guidelines are ‘one-size-fits-all.’

And each woman should have a conversation with her doctor to develop a plan that’s right for her.

It’s also important to note that these new guidelines do not apply to patients who have had prior abnormal screening results or who have a higher risk of breast cancer due to personal history or genetic factors.


Source: NewsNet | Researchers Release New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines