New mammogram guidelines spark controversy

The American Cancer Society recently changed its recommendations for breast cancer screening, recommending annual mammograms for women age 45 and older. Previously the age was 40.

The American Cancer Society recently changed its recommendations for breast cancer screening, recommending annual mammograms for women age 45 and older. Previously the age was 40.

But what if your doctor finds something, or you have a history of breast cancer in your family? And you're only 30?

According to the American Cancer Society, at age 30, 1 in 227 women will develop breast cancer.

Also, at age 41, 1 in 68 and at age 50, 1 in 42. The numbers continue to grow as you get older.

In general, 1 in 8 US women will develop breast cancer.

In response to these new recommendations, several doctors disagree, including OB-GYN Bana Kashani. 

“Mortality has decreased significantly with screening that started at age 40. By changing that requirement to now age 45and then doing screening every other year, I feel like we are going to miss a lot of breast cancer diagnosis,” Kashani said.

They say your chances are diminished about 18% lower if you’re an active person.

But the only true way to help it is detecting it early.  you have a 95% survival rate if you detect it early.

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