Mammograms decrease as women stop hormone therapy
Aug 23, 2011
A recent report discovered that women who gave up on hormone therapy, which was said to heighten the risk of heart disease and breast cancer, also caused less women to make their annual mammogram appointments, according to Bloomberg.
Between 2000 and 2005, 6.4 million women stopped taking hormones between the ages of 50 and 64, and 1.2 million missed mammograms during that time, the media outlet reports.
"Our research corroborates that a doctor's recommendation is an important step in getting a mammogram and it shows that when circumstances change, such as evidence about hormone therapy, it can upset the balance and lead to unanticipated and undesirable changes in mammography use," Nancy Breen, an economist at the National Cancer Institute, told the news source.
According to the Susan G. Komen organization, it is recommended that once women turn 40 years old, they should schedule yearly mammograms to ensure that they can catch breast cancer during an early stage. If someone has an extensive family history of the disease, they may want to start receiving mammograms at an earlier age.