Now what do I do? Suddenly women in their 40s must ponder whose mammography advice to follow

Health News

November 17, 2009

New mammogram advice raises questions, concerns

NEW YORK — For many women, getting a mammogram is already one of life’s more stressful experiences.

Now, women in their 40s have the added anxiety of trying to figure out if they should even be getting one at all.

A government task force said Monday that most women don’t need mammograms in their 40s and should get one every two years starting at 50 — a stunning reversal and a break with the American Cancer Society’s long-standing position. What’s more, the panel said breast self-exams do no good, and women shouldn’t be taught to do them.

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Comment from Leslie

Excuse me, but I know of many women who have done breast exams and found a lump that a mammogram did not pick up.  And it seems to me that if mammograms are not required for women under 50 then self breast exams will even be more important.

Question is who is making up the “rules?” And what is the hidden agenda?  Are we getting poised for a breast cancer vaccine?

PG

Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.