HEALTHBEAT Do mammograms really save lives?
There's a common belief that routine mammograms save lives - but do they really?
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Remember the uproar last year when a government task force said most women don't need annual mammograms? It turns out that only half of women over 40 had been getting them that often to start with, even when they have insurance that covers screening. The information comes from a review of insurance claims that show what women actually do — not what they say in surveys.
Charlotte nurse Susan Gawlik was 35 when she got her first mammogram two months ago. It was supposed to provide a baseline for future scans. Instead, it detected cancer.
Today, as Gawlik recovers from a double mastectomy, she can’t believe a task force last week recommended that women without unusual cancer risks should wait until 50 to get mammograms.
First mammograms. Now — in an apparent coincidence — Pap smears. New guidelines by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say most women in their 20s can have a Pap smear every two years instead of annually to catch slow-growing cervical cancer.
Most women don’t need a mammogram in their 40s and should get one every two years starting at 50, a government task force said Monday. It’s a major reversal that conflicts with the American Cancer Society’s long-standing position.
Stephanie Nano and Marilynn Marchione
, November 16, 2009
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