Women may benefit from having a customized mammogram schedule
Jul 26, 2011
Mammograms are one of the most effective means of detecting breast cancer in its earlier stages. Many people believe that the frequency at which women receive mammograms should be determined by age, but some researchers have made breast cancer health news by asserting that this isn't the most practical policy.
HealthDay News reports that a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine states that the timing and frequency of mammograms should be determined by more than just age. The authors of the study state that every woman deserves a customized schedule based on their level of risk, determined by factors like breast density and family history.
Dr. John Schousboe, the medical director of research at Minnesota's Park Nicollet Health Services and lead author of the study, told the source, "It is appropriate for women when deciding how often to get a mammogram to make that decision based on how high their risk is."
The director of cancer screening for the American Cancer Society (ACS), Robert Smith, told HealthDay, "There is no question that advancing age, greater breast density, a family history of breast cancer or a history of breast biopsy boosts the risk of breast cancer."
The ACS makes note of the fact that there's no proven method to prevent breast cancer, though life changes like limiting alcohol consumption and regular exercise can help.