The United States Preventative Services Task Force is the authority on monitoring all the data and determining the most appropriate screening guidelines. The new breast cancer screening guidelines reflect the need to back off the monitoring for those at no additional risk because it often creates unecessary extra testing, procedures and stress. Here are the new guidelines for breast cancer screening:
1. Starting at age 50 and ending at age 75, mammograms should be done every other year.
2. Recommend against self breast exams.
3. There is not sufficient evidence for clinical breast exams by providers.
Remember: this is for women at no additional risk for breast cancer. Those with risk should discuss screening with their doctor.
Dr. Jeffrey Gladd graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2001. He then went on to train in family medicine...View Full Bio »