Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Poll Shows that Most Women Will Ignore New Mammogram Guidelines

USA Today: Poll: Most will ignore breast cancer mammogram guidelines, by Liz Szabo:

Mammography The vast majority of American women say they will ignore controversial new recommendations about breast cancer screening, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll of 1,136 women this weekend.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of government-appointed experts, suggested last week that most women don't need routine mammograms until age 50, a departure from its previous advice to begin screening at age 40.

Women across the USA have reacted angrily, expressing concern that delaying the screenings could endanger their lives. In the survey, 84% of women ages 35 to 49 say they will get a mammogram before 50. That's in keeping with the guidance of the American Cancer Society, which recommends annual mammograms beginning at age 40.


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