Nov 23, 2009 10:10 AM by sleonard
Local doctors are speaking out against new recommendations for breast cancer screenings.
Dr. Lewis Hill and Dr. Gary Mathews say the U.S. Preventative service task force is wrong. The new guidelines say women can wait to take breast examinations starting at the age of 50; before it was 40.
Dr. Lewis is a member of the American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists that group says they'll continue to recommend screenings for women ages 40 to 49 every two years. They also recommend self breast exams.
The preventative service task force warns a greater risk for women in their 40's during screening than women in their 50's. One of the reasons is radiation exposure.
Other concerns---that early mammograms include false positive results, negative results, pain during procedures, anxiety, distress and other physiologic responses.
For these doctor's, early prevention is key.