Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | December 14, 2015

December 14, 2015 Host Corinne Frugoni Interviews Dr. Ellen Mahoney About The New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

493x335_breastacspc-045513The American Cancer Society issued new guidelines on October 20, 2015, recommending that women with an average risk of breast cancer have mammography starting at age 45 and continuing once a year until 54, and then every other year for as long as they are healthy and likely to live another 10 years. The guidelines only apply to women a average risk for breast cancer – those with no personal history of the disease or known risk factors based on genetic mutations, family history or other medical problems.

Previously the Society recommended mammograms every year starting at age 40.  Other health care organizations  such as the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends a later start and less frequent testing: mammograms every other year for women ages 50-74.  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends mammograms every year or two from 40 to 49 and every year after 50. To confuse the issue even more, other countries follow different guidelines.

This has generated a lot of controversy.

Given the conflicting advice, how are women supposed to figure out what to do?

mahoneyDr. Ellen Mahoney, general surgeon with a national reputation specializing in breast health and disease has some very definite opinions on this subject.  Her perspective is much more inclusive, perhaps even more sophisticated and her commitment is always toward empowering women with knowledge, promoting women’s health and improving the lives of women diagnosed with breast cancer. Based on her research, scholarly investigation and clinical experience Dr.  Mahoney expresses some serious doubts about the conclusions of the recent American Cancer Society guidelines.

The bottom line is that there are no clear cut answers to the questions posed by these new recommendations. But after listening to Dr. Mahoney, you may have a better understanding about what is right for you.

To listen to and/or download  click the following link: TTEOW 12-14-15 Dr. Mahoney and Corinne Frugoni Breast Cancer

 

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