More Proof That Women in Their 40s Need Breast Cancer Screening

women marching for breast cancerYou've probably heard that a Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care has echoed the totally asinine recommendations that came out here in the U.S. a couple of years ago, which advise women in their 40s to skip mammograms and other breast cancer screening methods. It's astounding -- especially because I thought Canada was more progressive than we are, especially when it comes to health care -- and I can't help but think there's something going on behind the scenes, likely involving large sums of cash. Thank goodness for researchers who continue to prove again and again that recommendations like these are, well, INSANE.

A new retrospective study that was presented at the Radiological Society of North America meeting looked at more than 1,000 breast cancer patients in their 40s. In a group of women with family history of breast cancer, 63.2 percent of the patients had invasive disease. And in a group of women without a family history, 64 percent had invasive disease.

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In other words, women aged 40 to 49 with absolutely no family history of breast cancer -- the same ones who are supposedly "wasting their time" with mammos and breast self-exams, according to these ridic Task Force recs -- have similar rates of invasive disease as those with a genetic risk. HELLO!

Obviously, family history is a risk factor, sure, but this study is just further proof that it's not the only one. It shows that if they have any interest whatsoever in saving women's lives, doctors and health insurance companies must allow for screening of ALL women their 40s -- regardless of their family history of the disease. This research only serves to reinforce the fact that these Task Force recommendations are anything but useful and helpful; they're a blatant assault on women's health.

What are your thoughts on this study? Do you know anyone without a family history of breast cancer who was diagnosed in their 40s?

 

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