Local Doctors Weigh in On Breast Cancer Controversy

by: Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Local doctors are weighing in on the mammogram guideline controversy.

Up until now, when it comes to getting a mammogram, the accepted standard was to begin regular screenings at age 40.

But now, a government task force says you don't really need to get screened until you're 50 because data doesn't support that earlier screening save lives.

But, several doctors we spoke with today say they disagree... We were told a significant number of patients with curable breast cancer are between the ages of 40 and 50, so they are still recommending their patients begin screenings at 40.

Dr. Rahman with Texas Tech says she doesn't discourage anyone from being screened at any age, but there are some factors to take into consideration before doing it.

"Young women have denser breasts so it's harder to find tumors. Lots of findings are misinterpreted. Lots of unnecessary biopsies are done and anxiety is created. And after that discussion if they chose to be screened then that's fine. The thing is you need to know the price you're going to pay for that."

So far this year there have been 192,000 new cases of breast cancer nationwide... Resulting in 40,000 deaths.