When Should We Begin Having Mammograms?
The American Cancer Society has released new guidelines suggesting that women begin mammography at age 45 instead of the previous recommendation of 40. Dr. Kathryn Moore, gynecologist at Vista Women’s Healthcare, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, was a guest on WIS-TV with news anchor Judi Gatson to talk about it. She offered great insight and advice in the interview below.
Here are a few takeaways from Dr. Moore’s interview:
~The new guidelines suggest it will reduce false positives. However, new mammography technology reduces the number of false positives. Ultimately, the guidelines will likely go back to 40.
~Talk to your doctor each year about your family history and risk factors to determine when you should begin mammography.
~The age at which to begin mammography should be made on an individual basis.
~A baseline mammogram is important for every woman.