Episode Four: Understanding the New Recommendations for Screening Mammography
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16 minutes. Originally aired on December 8, 2009.
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The recently released recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) regarding the use of screening mammography for breast cancer raised questions and concerns for many women and their families and friends. On November 24, Norris Cotton Cancer Center released a statement on the USPSTF recommendations. And now, in this special episode of Life After Cancer, host Jack Heath and Cancer Center physician Steven P. Poplack, MD, discuss the USPSTF recommendations.
Heath lost a sister-in-law to breast cancer when she was 39 years old. Dr. Poplack is Co-Director of Breast Imaging/Mammography at DHMC and a member of the Cancer Center's Comprehensive Breast Program. In this episode, Dr. Poplack clarifies the recommendations, discussing the value of screening mammography, particularly in women aged 50 to 75, as well the results of a study he conducted with colleagues at DHMC. This study showed that women whose breast cancers were detected on screening mammography were more likely to be treated with breast conserving surgery and without chemotherapy. Dr. Poplack also talks about recent imaging advances that are improving breast imaging results.