This week, the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced its recommendations about when women should begin annual mammogram screenings. We believe this will spark important dialogue between women and their primary healthcare provider about their breast health and their risk for breast cancer. It could also bring some confusion. At Wake Radiology, we continue to believe that high quality, annual mammography starting at age 40 remains a woman’s best chance of early detection of breast cancer and saving lives. In support of this stance, we’re offering several resources that offer useful information.
- Watch this video created by the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) that’s designed to help to end some of the confusion.
- Read this article from the American College of Radiology about clearly supports mammography starting at age 40
- Read this article from the US Department of Health and Human Services that preventative screening mammograms starting at age 40 are still covered by most insurance carriers
If you have additional questions about the benefits of mammograms or your breast cancer risk, we encourage all women to talk with their primary healthcare provider. You can also learn more about the mammograms as well as the difference between traditional and 3D mammograms on our website. Just visit www.wakerad.com/breastcancer. Wake Radiology offers traditional mammography in 11 outpatient offices throughout the Triangle and 3D mammograms are available in Cary, Chapel Hill, Garner, North Raleigh and Smithfield.