Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New Mammogram Recommendations Add to Confusion

A task force came out today suggesting that women in their 40's do not need routine mammograms.

According to CNN, "While roughly 15 percent of women in their 40s detect breast cancer through mammography, many other women experience false positives, anxiety, and unnecessary biopsies as a result of the test, according to data."

However, the American Cancer Society does not agree with these recommendations. "The organization says it looked at virtually the same data as the task force but came to a different conclusion. "Breast cancer is a serious health problem facing adult women, and mammography is part of our solution beginning at age 40 for average-risk women," it says. It recommends annual exams beginning at that age."

With all of the contradicting health information out there, consumers are confused as to what is best for their health. One organization says do it this way, then another comes out shortly after and says no, do it this way.

We have GOT to come to a consensus people.

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