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The controversial recommendations regarding mammograms provided by the United States Preventative Task Force has confused many women in our commmunity on whether or not to have their yearly mammograms and self-breast examinations.
Radiology Associates believes women should continue to follow the current recommendations for breast health. Mammograms and self-breast exams save lives. Here is what the experts say:
American Cancer Society
"The American Cancer Society continues to recommend annual screening using mammography and clinical breast examination for all women beginning at age 40. Our experts make this recommendation having reviewed virtually all the same data reviewed by the USPSTF, but also additional data that the USPSTF did not consider. When recommendations are based on judgments about the balance of risks and benefits, reasonable experts can look at the same data and reach different conclusions."
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Susan G. Komen
"We encourage women to be aware of their breast health, understand their risks, and continue to follow existing recommendations for routine screenings incuding mammography beginning at age 40."
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American College of Radiology
"The American College of Radiology (ACR) is pleased to see that Secretary Sebelius has reaffirmed that mammography is a vital and lifesaving tool in the battle against breast cancer. We strongly urge women and providers to continue to adhere to the curent American Cancer Society and American College of Radiology policies regarding mammographic screening."
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Health and Human Services Secretary - Katherine Sebelius
"My message to women is simple. Mammograms have always been an important lifesaving tool in the fight against breast cancer and they still are today. Keep doing what you have been doing for years - talk to your doctor about your individual history, ask questions and make the decision that is right for you."
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"I'm Still Here" Cancer Support Group - Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 5:30 p.m., at Twin Lakes Imaging Center, 1890 LPGA Blvd., Suite 110, Daytona Beach.