Tag Archives: mammograms

Mammogram Guidelines

HOWARD MEGDAL: At first glance, it’s astounding to consider how hard it is to convince people that annual mammograms should start at 50, not 40. Of course, putting it in personal terms makes people fearful, and want to reach for the nearest medical response to the frightening prospect of cancer involving a wife or mother.

However, the evidence is clear. For every 1,904 women screened in their 40s, we see one life saved. We also see 935 false positives. In other words, you are 935 times likelier to face all the awful aspects of stress, dangerous procedures and potential risk than save your life. Continue reading

Posted in News & Politics | Tagged | 1 Comment