Canadian Study on Mammograms — Cutting Through the Confusion

Another study about the effectiveness of mammograms is making headlines – and causing headaches.

Annie_on_KUSI_thumbAnnie Eddey went on KUSI to cut through the confusion and help women make sense of what it means.

Mammograms are an imperfect screening tool, which is something that has been established for many years. This is why Komen has invested more than $33 million in early detection research, investigating tools like blood and tissue tests for breast cancer, and will continue to do so. However, until we have those tools, mammograms are still the best tool we have for early detection and every woman should still get a mammogram once a year if they are 40 and older. If you have a family history, you should consult with your doctor about the appropriate screening schedule for you.

According to the American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging, this study is incredibly misleading and based on the deeply flawed and widely discredited Canadian National Breast Screening Study (CNBSS).Read more here.

In addition, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center released an article that states this study should not change mammography guidelines.

If you have more questions or do not know where to get a mammogram please call 2-1-1 to speak with a breast health specialist.