New mammogram advice from a government panel has sparked controversy.
New York (WiredPRNews.com) – Some have raised concerns over new recommendations from a government task force panel regarding breast cancer screening. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force stated Monday that women should begin getting regular mammograms at the age of 50, which left many questioning the validity of that claim.
As noted by the AP, the recent advice contradicts the long-held position of the American Cancer Society that screening should begin much earlier. Dr. Diana Petitti, vice chair of the task force panel, is quoted in the report as stating of the issue, “The benefits are less and the harms are greater when screening starts in the 40s.”
Beth Rosenthal, a San Francisco mother, is quoted in the report as stating of the advice, “I’ve never had a scare, but isn’t it better to be safe than sorry?… I’ve heard of a lot of women in their 40s, and even 30s, who’ve gotten breast cancer. It just doesn’t seem right to wait until 50.”
The American Cancer Society held firm on their position Monday. The society’s chief medical officer, Dr. Otis Brawley, is quoted by the AP as stating, “This is one screening test I recommend unequivocally, and would recommend to any woman 40 and over.”
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