The American Cancer Society (ACS) made news on October 20 when they released updated breast cancer screening guidelines. The new guidelines recommend that women at average risk start regular annual screening with mammography at age 45 and move to screening every 2 years at age 55. The guidelines also say that women ages 40 to 44 should have the option to begin screening early, …
A few months ago, we asked our friends on Facebook this question:
If you were diagnosed with breast cancer, how did you first discover it? Was it through a routine screening, breast self-exam, or something else?
One hundred and seven women responded — thank you, friends! We found the responses compelling, and want to share them with you:
- 53 breast cancers (49.5%)
[Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on October 30, 2013, on Philly.com. It is borrowed with permission.]
After asking the question, “Are Mammograms really saving lives?” two weeks ago, I got some very good follow up. It seems like there were two major ideas:
- The science behind mammograms can be questioned, but there are also very strong reasons to get one.
Confused by all the fighting over the value of mammography? There’s been an active — even fierce — debate about the value of mammography, especially since the November 2009 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations to change screening guidelines to every other year starting at age 50. Breastcancer.org has been a strong proponent of the current guidelines of annual mammography starting at age 40 for …