I'm not at the age to have regular mammogram screenings, and according to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force I get another 10 years till I need to start.
The Task Force recently announced that women in their 40s don't need to have routine mammograms for early detection of breast cancer, but should talk with their doctors before deciding.
And now it's time for the controversy:
But mammograms save lives, why delay them? Everyone and their mom, including the Task Force, know this. They just don't think it needs to be routine. They are trying to eliminate women who experience false positives, anxiety, and unnecessary biopsies. I can understand this, my mother has had "lumps" detected off and on throughout her 50s. It can cause a lot of stress when given false news of deadly disease.
Another issue is many think insurance coverage of mammograms could be dropped based on the new recommendations. I don't think we need to worry about this. We can cross that bridge when we get there.
I know women of all ages who have survived breast cancer including my sister's friend of 32 and my 89-year-old grandmother. I am lucky to know people who have beat breast cancer and not the other way around.
My view on the new recommendation is...do what you gotta do. If you want to have regular screenings, more power to you! If not, that's fine too. It's all a matter of personal preference and talking with your doctor.