If you’re among the millions of women concerned about the new guidelines on mammogram screenings from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), well, join the club. It’s no wonder we’re alarmed, given the conflicting responses from reputable medical organizations like the American Cancer Society, as well as health insurers and government policymakers.
“If there’s one thing women should take away from all this, it’s that no one disagrees with the fact that fewer women die from breast cancer because of mammograms, and no one is saying women shouldn’t get mammograms,” says Therese Bevers, MD, medical director of Cancer Prevention at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. “The debate is over the potential downside of mammograms, and how that affects how frequently women should get them.”