I’m just saying no to mammography: Why the numbers are in my favor

“I’m just saying no to mammography: Why the numbers are in my favor.” By Christie Aschwanden, The Washington Post.

A few days after my 40th birthday, I had a routine appointment with my gynecologist. As she turned to leave the exam room, she handed me a slip of paper without saying a word. It was a prescription for a mammogram. “Wait — you’re not going to discuss this with me?” I asked. I knew that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) had advised that for women in their 40s, the decision to start mammography should be an individual one, based on family history and a patient’s values. Few doctors take the time to mention the risks of mammography — especially, the danger of overdiagnosis —that a mammogram might lead a patient to get needled, sliced, zapped with radiation and possibly treated with tamoxifen, a drug that increases risk of uterine cancer, for a breast lesion that wasn’t life-threatening in the first place.

More »

Be Sociable, Share!

Articles & Posts