Did anyone else see the latest information on mammography screening and whether the risk of the screening is worth the benefits, here is a link?
I have had a couple of mammograms.
I'm on the fence. A friend of mine missed her annual mammogram when she was 44, and by the time she found the lump the cancer was already invasive. She died at 46. Who knows if the mammo would have detected the disease earlier?
On the other hand, I've read that 1 in 10 women are flagged for a follow-up mammogram, though only 2 to 4 out of every 1,000 mammograms lead to a cancer diagnosis. Seems like a lot of needless worrying to me (and having had to get a follow-up mammo, I can say it IS anxiety-producing) -- BUT what if I was one of the 2-4 out of 1,000?
To make a long story short -- I can see why scientists might recommend against annual mammograms starting at 40, but I'm still gonna get mine. I do have a slightly higher breast cancer risk in that I haven't (yet) had a baby, so why not be safe?