They say every woman should start receiving Mammograms at the age of 40, but are they wrong when it comes to this information? There’s two sides to the story, first off early detection does save and has saved many lives. Along with a team of researchers led by Dr. Blake Cady of Massachusetts General Hospital researched women from 1990 to 1999 and tracked their cases until 2007, findings were 609 confirmed cancer deaths, and 71 percent never had a mammogram prior to their diagnosis. Half of the deaths were in women younger than 50 years of age.
Now, only recently in 2009 the United States Preventive Services Task Force, has released recommendation of women getting mammograms starting at the age of 50, and to get them every other year until age 74. The USPSTF states that too many young women are getting unnecessary testing and treatments. So what do we decide is the right information to go by, one has to decide for themselves, early detection if the best for prevention of breast cancer in any case.
One of our Co-Founders Corrinne Wallace, here at OC Trails Tales Foundation had recently battled her own courageous outcome to breast cancer. Her personal story is listed here on our blog. She endured a long recovery and now is cancer free!
Mammograms Before 50 Could Save Lives, Researchers Say By ABC News | ABC News Blogs – Mon, Sep 9, 2013 8:32 PM EDT
By Kimberly Claus