Last month the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force announced new guidelines for breast cancer screenings that are a drastic change from prior guidelines. The new guidelines suggest that only women 50-74 should get regular mammograms occurring every two years. They also recommend that doctors do not urge women to do monthly self-exams.
The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition has joined with Representative Karen Boback to urge Congress not to apply the new guideline in health care reform legislation. Instead they are calling on Congress to use the American Cancer Society guidelines, which state that women start mammograms at age 40 and continue with yearly mammograms starting at age 50.
Please click here to sign a petition asking Congress to uphold the American Cancer Society’s guidelines.
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