New report looks at breast cancer detection policy
Jun 3, 2011
A new report from the Montreal Gazette expresses concern about new breast cancer policies, believing that they are not cautious enough and do not support mammograms that could prove to be life-saving.
Ian Grant-Whyte, a family doctor in Arizona, expressed concern about the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommendations for breast cancer screenings. He also said that the Canadian Medical Journal policies were worrying as well. Grant-Whyte consulted with Robert A. Smith and Daniel Kopans of the American Cancer Society and Harvard University, respectively.
"Both agreed the studies are flawed. Kopan believes mammograms should begin at age 40 and then be performed annually. That is also the recommendation of the Mayo Clinic," wrote Ian Grant-Whyte.
The two biggest risk factors for breast cancer is being a female and growing older, according to BreastCancer.org. About 5 to 10 percent of cases of the disease are inherited, meaning that the vast majority of breast cancers are not passed down. More than 200,000 American women are diagnosed with the illness each year. Women over 40 should receive yearly mammograms.