Sorting Through Shifting Advice On Mammography

Apr 1, 2014

Recently, the results of a study that followed Canadian women for 25 years cast some doubt on the value of mammography in helping to reduce deaths from breast cancer. Add to that news the recently updated recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that women should get a mammogram every other year from age 50 to 74, and you’ve got a recipe for confusion

Mammogram showing a small lesion.
Credit National Institutes Of Health

To sort through it, I sat down with Women & Infants Hospital chief of surgery and head of the breast health center Dr. Jennifer Gass. We began by talking about that Canadian study, which Gass says had some limitations.