Find out when YOU should start screening mammograms
Ladies...are you confused about breast cancer screening? Well, you are not alone. Many of your doctors are also confused. This is due to the "disagreement" in screening recommendations amongst various organizations. Historically, women had yearly mammograms, starting at age 40. This was reasonable based on the knowledge we had at that time. We now know that a one-size-fits-all approach does not work. Wow, mind-blown, women are individual and unique [insert sarcasm]. Trouble is, the United States Preventative Services Task Force created a report that misled physicians to advise against annual mammograms for women in their forties. These recommendations have been rejected by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the American College of Radiology, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, to name a few. The take home message is that screening recommendations should be personalized for each woman based on her risk. Physicians should utilize available risk assessment tools to discuss your risk of breast cancer and your options for screening. To learn more about your risk and to receive your personalized recommendation, you can schedule an appointment (in person or via telemedicine) with Dr. Seagren.