There is a pernicious aspect of this "expertise fallacy": once you understand that patient-level experience cannot provide useful information to assess screening, it becomes clear that clinical experience tends to provide misleading information. Among the many reasons for this:
After decades of educating the public about the importance of early detection, the new guidelines are indeed confusing and controversial. In the new guidelines, the recommended age for annual screening mammography was increased from age 40 to age 45 for women "of average risk for breast cancer."
We need to refocus our resources and attention on the two things that really matter: (1) stopping men and women from getting breast cancer in the first place -- primary prevention; and (2) preventing metastasis if they do.
Caroline Rhoads, 53, has never had a mammogram. When she reached her early 40s and her family doctor began recommending annual
About half of those who died of breast cancer deaths were younger than 50, while only 13 percent of those who died were 70
"There was a vigorous discussion in the media about it," said Dr. Therese Bevers, medical director of the cancer prevention
"I don't think any one study ought to change everything," Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer
Though mammograms are often attributed with early detection of breast cancers and saved lives, the medical community continues
Susan G. Komen, which recently came under fire after it cut funding for Planned Parenthood, released a statement in response
The new task force recommendations on mammograms are not a blanket, one-size-fits-all prescription for every woman. Guidelines should never replace a dialogue with your own doctor that considers individual risk.