Yet Another Reason to Get Your Mammogram

Confusion was wide spread in 2009 on the heels of a well publicized study which tried to debunk established guidelines for mammograms.  Upon further review and analysis by experts, the study was eventually discredited.  Subsequently, women would be assured that they should continue as they had in respect to their mammograms.

A study published in June of this year (Swedish Two County Trial) gave additional credence to the benefits of a mammogram, touting the ability to save lives.  Yet another recommendation was just released which has added evidence to the benefits of a mammogram.  According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG’s) Practice Bulletin on Breast Cancer Screening, published in the August issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology says that annual mammography screening for breast cancer in women should begin at age 40 years, and not at age 50 as previously recommended.   The previous ACOG guidelines recommended women have mammograms every one to two years, beginning at age 40 and then receive them every year, beginning at age 50.

A national expert on women’s imaging, Heidi Eklund, MD, and Director of Women’s Imaging at Edward Hospital, Naperville, IL applauds this announcement.