I joined NewsNation today to talk about the updates in the USPSTF guidelines on #Mammograms and #BreastCancerScreening.
🏥 Many national guidelines such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) were already recommending mammograms starting at age 40, and continuing every 1-2 years.
🏥 The data from USPSTF is based on data that shows that starting at age 40 will reduce mortality from breast cancer by almost 20%
🏥 WOC, especially black women, are at higher risk of developing more aggressive breast cancers, and are 40% more likely to die from breast cancer.
🏥 There is currently no data showing screening every year vs every other year is better at prevention. I will tell you that I personally get a #Mammogram every year, and encourage my patients to have regular conversations with their doctors to determine what makes the most sense for them.
🏥 Some people with higher risk (e.g. if they have a family history, genetic predisposing condition) may require screening even earlier than age 40.
Bottom line, get yourself screened, talk to your doctor, and don’t be scared of the mammogram. Getting one could save your life!