Genesys Doctor Encourages Women To Start Mammograms At 40s.

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mamoBreast cancer is the most widely spread cancer affecting females and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among American women. More than 190,000 new cases and 40,000 deaths from the disease are expected this year in the United States with over 7,000 new cases expected to develop in Michigan in 2010.

Mammography is the first defensive tool against breast cancer.

Dr. Michael Gedwell, Director of Women's Imaging at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, emphasized the importance of routine mammography screening as an effective tool in the fight against breast cancer. He pointed out the high spread rate of the disease: "Studies I have seen show that one in eight women will eventually have a diagnosis of breast cancer in their lifetime." But if the disease is diagnosed early, effective treatment would significantly elevate survival rates. Medical experts highlighted that mammography is the most powerful defense tool in detecting breast cancer before it spreads allover the body. "It's my college stand point at least for the college of radiology that we begin annually at age 40." Dr. Gedwell said.

For more than a decade, the American Cancer Society has been recommending screening from the age of 40. But just last year, in 2009, new controversial guidelines were reported by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force arguing that most women do not need mammograms in their 40s and should start screening at the age of 50. Dr. Gedwell supporting the older guidelines: "I think the benefits of mammography certainly outweigh the small radiation exposure you receive during mammograms."

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