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Concerns Over the New Mammogram Guidelines

There are new proposed guidelines for mammograms which some experts say might be potentially dangerous for women.

Participating in this perfect pink ribbon and an NFL game to raise awareness of breast cancer meant a lot this month to Jessica Week.

"Just to be so lifted up in love and feel like everybody cares about people going through breast cancer treatment," said Jessica Week, Survivor. "It's really huge."

Just about 16 months ago Jessica began to experience some unusual symptoms.

In June 2014 "My red flag was a drop of blood because apparently my tumor was wrapping around a muscle and turning my nipple inside out," said Week.

A mammogram eventually led to a diagnosis of breast cancer. She is grateful it was found at an early stage.

"Otherwise I would just be sitting here full of cancer with no idea," said Week.

Doctor Susan Weinberg is the co-medical director of the Mary Jo cropper center for breast care. She says current mammography guidelines suggest women begin getting yearly mammograms at age forty, something she strongly supports.

Lately however there have been some newer questionable guidelines that we have been hearing about. So we thought it was important, especially this breast cancer awareness month to really kind of clear up some of this confusion. What should you know about getting a mammogram?

The US preventative task force recently drafted these newer guidelines.

"What they are preliminarily suggesting is that we stop doing mammograms between the ages of 40 and 50," said Dr. Susan Weinberg, Diagnostic Radiologist.

Not a good idea doctor Weinberg said.

"One in 60 women develop breast cancer between the ages of 40 and 50," said Weinberg.

The task force members have expressed concerns that younger women will get aggressive treatment for early cancers' that would never advance.

But experts disagree on how often that happens.

"They are saying that those numbers are forty to fifty percent. We think it's closer to four percent," said Weinberg.

Doctor Weinberg says talk to your own health care provider, about when you should start getting mammograms.

"What's going to happen is patients who develop breast cancer between forty and fifty are going to be developing breast cancer at later stages," said Weinberg.

For more information on these new guidelines, http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/breast-cancer-screening

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/moreinformation/breastcancerearlydetection/breast-cancer-early-detection-acs-recs

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