Recent press coverage regarding changes to mammogram screening guidelines is sparking debate and opposition from the American Cancer Society, the American College of Radiology, physicians and breast cancer survivors. The new recommendations are causing confusion and frustration for many women, their families and the physicians who care for them.
Our recommendation for women
The Riverside Breast Cancer Committee (BCC) and the Riverside Oncology Steering Committee issued the following recommendation:
"The Riverside Breast Cancer Committee and the Riverside Oncology Steering Committee recommend that breast cancer screening begin at age 40 and that women have a screening mammogram each year. This recommendation is consistent with the longstanding position of the American Cancer Society, the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging."
Prior to announcing the above recommendation, recent findings by the U. S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommending women obtain a screening mammogram every two years beginning at age 50 through age 74 were carefully reviewed by the committees. The Riverside Breast Cancer Committee will continue to examine the USPSTF reports and provide community updates as appropriate.
The Riverside Breast Cancer Committee encourages yearly screening mammograms for women beginning at age 40. We encourage all women to talk with their primary care physician or gynecologist about whether high risk factors warrant earlier and more frequent screening.
Scheduling a mammogram
If you want to schedule a mammogram and have any prior Riverside affiliation including a Riverside physician, or you have had diagnostic tests or inpatient or outpatient procedures, we have your medical record information on file and you may schedule your mammogram online. Otherwise, please call us for an appointment.
(757) 989-8830 option 2 (Peninsula, Williamsburg, Middle Peninsula)
(800) 675-6368 option 2 (Tappahannock, Northern Neck)
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