Insuring your health: Health law calls for breast cancer warnings to young women

September 16, 2015

In addition, centers such as U-M will interpret screening results while a woman waits, if requested. This means women leave knowing the results of their mammogram, and if additional views are needed, they can be obtained right away.

U-M experts also warn that a change in guidelines could have the unintended consequences of magnifying disparities in breast cancer survival for African-American women, who are more likely to be diagnosed with the disease at a younger age.

"It would clearly be dangerous for adult women to completely discontinue or avoid mammograms because of the confusion created by the screening controversy. The U-M Breast Care Center follows the recommendations of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network for annual mammograms beginning at age 40, but we encourage women to discuss their individual risk of breast cancer with their physician in order to make a well-informed decision regarding the appropriate age to begin breast cancer screening," says Lisa Newman, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Breast Care Center at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Newman adds that any lump or change in breast examination should be evaluated immediately, regardless of mammogram history.

Breast cancer statistics: 209,060 Americans will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 40,230 will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society

Source :  University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center