Mammogram Guidelines Have Changed, But Are Doctors Listening?

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Study finds that most still recommend the breast cancer screen for women in their early 40s

 

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Wed Apr 12, 2017 09:27 PM

Last May I had a mamogram. Then, aa follow up for a suspicious area imy right breast. In October I went to the emergency room with pain in my chest and left breast. I was sent to see a surgeon who gave me a biopsy and confirmed cancer of the left breast. After that, I had to have a Pet Scan to see if it had metastasized, and found it had spread around the mamory chain, upper lungs, chest wall and bones. How can that be when I had a mammogram just 5 months prior?I started chemo in December. If I had done as suggested in this article I most likely would have been dead now.

Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:06 PM

I had a very aggressive cancer which grew 6cm in 3 weeks. If I had followed the new guidelines I too would be dead. These new guidelines are more political than medical and do not show support of the health and well being of women. I am shocked it is backed by the cancer society.

Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:07 PM

I had a very aggressive cancer which grew 6cm in 3 weeks. If I had followed the new guidelines I too would be dead. These new guidelines are more political than medical and do not show support of the health and well being of women. I am shocked it is backed by the cancer society.

Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:07 PM

I had a very aggressive cancer which grew 6cm in 3 weeks. If I had followed the new guidelines I too would be dead. These new guidelines are more political than medical and do not show support of the health and well being of women. I am shocked it is backed by the cancer society.

Thu Apr 13, 2017 04:06 AM

I agree that "testing" is being done too much.  Screening programs in Switzerland and Sweden(I think) have already, or are soon to be, discontinued.  They feel that regular self and doctor exams do just as well.  The exposure these tissues are being subjected to, both in this barbaric test and the excessive amts of false positives, should be indicative that new and safer diagnosics need to be found to address this issue.  This is sensitive tissue and its not alright to squish the bejesus out of it, expose it to radiation and then do biopsies or, in the case of dense tissues, actually miss cancer and the patient goes away thinking they are good.  Better that regular self exam be emphasized instead.  We need to take control of our own bodies and not just think all is good after this unreliable "test" has given you the "all clear".  I have never had this test nor will I.  Instead I agree to ultra sounds.  It also may not be perfect but at least its not doing any damage to the tissue and they always say that this is not a conclusive test...that it may miss cancer.  Okay with me...I know that when I leave I still need to be diligent in monitoring my body and not think all is good till the next time!

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