Critics say new mammogram guidelines could cost livesPosted: Updated:
New guidelines for breast cancer screening and early detection are sending shock waves through the nation. A government panel has now advanced the recommended age for mammograms by a decade.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now says the average woman should begin regular mammograms at age 50 instead of 40. The Task Force concluded there is insufficient evidence to prove screening between the age of 40 and 49 prevents death, and that it may only expose women to unnecessary radiation.
But from the American Cancer Society to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, oncologists and breast cancer survivors nationwide are coming out loud against the new guidelines. Experts in the Valley say these new federal recommendations are raising a lot of concerns, and believe countless lives could be lost if they're followed. And many believe it's all over money.