Mammography Screening: Are we asking the wrong question?

This week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force announced new mammography guidelines, moving the recommended age for women to receive their annual screenings from 40 to 50. Because mammography is one of the few tools available for breast cancer detection, the response from women across the country has been one of overwhelming frustration and anxiety.

With a mission to identify and eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer, the Breast Cancer Fund has long been concerned about women’s exposures to ionizing radiation, the longest and best-established link to the disease.

The Breast Cancer Fund calls for a change in the national conversation about breast cancer detection, moving away from blanket guidelines and toward an investment in safer and more effective alternatives and in better understanding the causes of the disease.

This is a moment of opportunity to recognize the weaknesses in our current tools and fully invest in breast cancer prevention.

Read the Breast Cancer Fund’s complete position on the new mammography guidelines.

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