The USPSTF (US Preventative Services Task Force) made the huge recommendation in November 2009, that females ages 40-49 do not receive mammogram screenings for breast cancer.
In a study that has been done by researchers at the University of Colorado, the number of annual mammograms has dropped for females in the 40-49 years age range, which isn’t making it easier to find the disease in the early stages.
The recommendation has had a negative impact. Dr. Lara Hardesty quoted saying “Since USPSTF’s recommendations, there has been a considerable fall in the number of screenings using mammograms for women aged 40-49. If practitioners and physicians everywhere keep up with less mammogram screenings, the detection of breast cancer could keep falling.” Dr. Plecha is quoted with saying “These guidelines greatly concerned us, especially for our patients and primary physicians. We know that when patients are screened earlier, they have a better prognosis for detection and treatment.”
Maybe it’s time to start going back on the mammograms, despite the recommendation. Breast Cancer Awareness has fought hard to get to the level of recognition it has currently achieved today, yet with these recommendations the level will surely decline, and essentially put lives of many young women at risk. Until we have a definitive solution for breast cancer, we should continue the régime that has proven to be early detection study, lessened the fatality rate, and overall decreases the total expense of healthcare. This simple 15 minute procedure should not be compromised. To learn more about Quality, Affordable Imaging Equipment that help save lives, visit www.allstarxray.com.