From the Physicians of Cypress Women's Imaging
A governmental agency (the US Preventative Services Task Force) recently announced their assessment of breast cancer screening data, in large part based upon computer modeling. They came to conclusions that are contrary to the recommendations of other groups that have seen and helped generate that same data, such as the American Cancer Society, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society for Breast Imaging, and the American College of Radiology.
The physicians of Cypress Women's Imaging and the Wichita Radiological Group reject that governmental assessment.
To tell women to stop doing self-examination and that screening mammography is not indicated for most women under 50 is a distortion of the data.
In this day it is important for all people to be their own best advocates as to their healthcare. This panel and its most recent statement highlight that need. It is understood that as our techniques and experience improves, there will be changes in the manner in which we test for and treat disease.
Unlike the panel, we are unwilling to miss 21% of all cancers (their projections).
Therefore, at the current time, we continue to support the recommendations of the American Cancer Society, ACOG, SBI, and the ACR.
Yearly screening mammography should begin at age 40, unless there are circumstances that would suggest an earlier screening protocol.
You and your physician should discuss your risk factors and determine the best course of action for you.
Your Personal Risk