Canada changing breast cancer screening recommendation
Nov 22, 2011
Canada is revamping their guidelines for breast cancer screenings, even though some residents are skeptical, according to CBC News.
"We're trying to reframe this set of guidelines away from a prescriptive approach, which makes a one-size-fits-all recommendation for women based on their age, and change it into a discussion between a woman and her doctor about the potential risks, about the potential benefits, and allow each woman to make a decision that's right for her," Dr. Marcello Tonelli, a professor at University of Alberta, told the news source.
The new guidelines are given to those who have no history of the disease, no known mutations of the BRCA1 gene, and no previous exposure to radiation of the chest wall. Now, women between 50 and 74 are recommended to get screenings every two to three years, the media outlet reports.
According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, it is recommended in the U.S. that once a woman turns 40 she receives annual mammograms. If a woman has an extensive family history of breast cancer, she might want to start making these appointments earlier, as it is known to be a risk factor for the disease.