There is an established consensus in the breast health community that mammography is the mainstay imaging examination for screening breast cancer. However, there are varied national recommendations among stakeholders and major institutions in the topic of breast cancer screening. Lack of consensus in screening criteria includes risk stratification, age to initiate screening, and the interval of screening. The differences in practice guidelines are mainly due to variation in design and interpretation of screening trials over the past decades. As debates for and against the use of screening mammography continue to escalate, both providers and patients are often confused and wrongly perceive the recommendations as directives. The purpose of this article […]
It’s virtually impossible to avoid the blush shade of pink in the month of October when we celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
A color long associated with little girls, princesses and all things light and airy is now ubiquitous, standing in as a shade that symbolizes the fight against breast cancer and an awareness of a disease once only spoken of in hushed tones.
Now we see manly football players proudly don pink socks and pink tennis shoes. Men don pink ties and shirts. It’s splashed across television, the fashion and cosmetics industry release special pink items. Even the University of Oregon outfitted their entire football team in special pink […]
Is there a magic age after which a woman can terminate her screening mammogram?
In 2009 the United States Preventive Task Force (USPTF) controversially made a number of mammogram age guideline recommendations. These included the statement that there was insufficient evidence showcasing the benefits or harms of mammograms for older women. It also noted the need for additional randomized clinical trials to provide information comparing continued screening after the age of 75 with stopping screening (1).
A new study challenges this ideology and indicates that women over the age of 75 may no longer receive a free pass. This study supports the mammogram age guidelines of the American […]