Breast Cancer Screening Controversy
The debate is growing over what age women should start getting screened for breast cancer. Last year, an estimated 40,000 women across the country died from breast cancer. A Government Task Force has released new guidelines about the screening. The U.S. Preventative Task Force now recommends starting mammograms at the age of 50, with routine check-ups every two years.
The new report states that mammograms before 50 can lead to false positives and other complications. Dr. Robert Carroll, a Medical Oncologist at North Florida Regional Medical Center says the positives outweigh the negatives. "We find things that don't need to be found, but I have never seen someone die from a biopsy." The American Cancer Society continues to recommend annual screening using mammography and clinical breast examination annually for all women beginning at age 40.
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