Monday, October 31, 2011
new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine supports getting mammograms every other year instead of annually. They found that more than 60 percent of women who get tested each year for a decade will be called back at least once for extra tests that turn out NOT to show breast cancer. Screening every other year drops the false positives to 42 percent without a risk of missing a new cancer. This would save hundreds of millions of healthcare dollars if we make this change. Alas, no will touch this. Get ready for the "push back" by the breast cancer advocates in the next few days. One of those groups, by the way, will be the radiologists who read those mammograms. Just saying.
Posted by Authentic Medicine Blog at 5:37 AM