U.S. Preventive Service Task Force Changing Mammogram Guidelines

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

The United States Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) on Monday released a new set recommendations changing the guidelines for mammography and no longer recommending an annual one for women from ages 40 to 49. They say that the benefits of the testing do not outweigh the harms or the risk.

Well the American Cancer Society has come out quickly and opposed these guidelines that are set forth by the UTPSTF their argument is that this is motivated only by cost cutting and they are not worried about the woman who suffer from cancer and potentially dye from it.

The current guidelines set by the American Cancer Association say that woman from the age of 40 should have yearly mammogram's and continue as long as a woman is in good health. The USPSTF believes this is not necessary, a woman before the age of 50 should consider screening every two years only if they are at a high risk. Dr. Edwards from Midland Memorial hospital believed otherwise.

"Until some of this is sorted out, I will be recommending to my patients, to my family, and to any one I care about, to follow the more conservative guidelines until it is sorted out." Dr. Larry Edwards, a Radiologist at Midland Memorial Hospital, said.

According to Dr. Edwards, mammogram's are only 85-90% to effective to screen cancer because it is only looking at a picture of the breast and it is not looking at a cellular level.

One of the studies that the American Cancer Association has done shows that 17 percent of breast cancer deaths occurred in women who were diagnosed in their 40's.

Things are still being debated by Doctors Nationwide but something that they are really taking in to consideration is that The American Cancer Association is a nonprofit organization and the USPSTF is a government run entity and some do believe that this has something to do with lowering cost before the universal health care reform passes.