Mammogram Guidelines Change – Screening Should Start at 50 and Then Only Every 2 Years
Posted Nov 17 2009 10:01pm
Women that fall under the BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 genes tests though, would not be subject to the guidelines established. The BRCA tests are also being scrutinized by health insurance companies as well since they appear to be a big expense at around $3000.
So now where do we go from here, should we have more of the BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 tests done to actually find the women who need to have the screening started earlier? It would make sense to me and again I wonder if cost is somehow in the picture a bit. There is also a big move to bring down the costs of the tests and share some of the genomic data with other researchers too instead of one company having a hold on the full patent. Patents are changing quite a bit today too, ask any pharma company. BD
For the first time in 20 years, a government panel is telling women in their 40s to stop getting routine mammograms and recommending that a host of other breast cancer screening slow down.
USPSTF still recommends doctors start screening all women over age 50, but with a mammogram once every two years instead of annually.
The task force also recommends against teaching breast self-exams for all women and said evidence was insufficient to recommend mammograms for women older than 74.
Anecdotally, most people in the United States can think of a woman they know who caught breast cancer through a routine mammogram long before she turned 50. Many patient advocates wonder if money fueled the decision.