The American Cancer Society is revising its advice on when women should start getting mammograms, and how often.
The updated guidelines recommend annual breast cancer screenings at age 45 instead of 40 and switching to every other year at age 55.
It’s not a one-size-fits-all recommendation.
Both groups said women’s preferences for when to be scanned should be considered.
The advice is for women at average risk of breast cancer.
Doctors generally recommend more intensive screening for higher-risk women.
We talked to a breast cancer survivor and a radiation oncologist for their take on the new guidelines.
“I was very fortunate, to catch it in the very early stages, and only have to have radiation. And that is basically what saved my life — is early detection,” said survivor Idora Kimbro.
“We’re all equally confused, and we all believe, in the trenches — so to speak — where the doctors and the nurses in the hospitals, administrators who care for women. And we believe strongly, that annual mammograms starting at age 40 until whenever, is your best bet,” oncologist Dr. JonDavid Pollock added.
Pollock went on to say dropping a recommendation for routine physical breast exams by doctors struck him as a terrible idea. He believes it limits a doctor’s ability to find disease — and advise patients what treatments might prove successful