Local Concern Over Mammogram Recommendations

New guidelines on when women should get mammograms have sparked nationwide debate, including right here in eastern Carolina.

There has been much controversy since the government task force came out with the recommendations Monday, saying women should wait until their 50's to get screened for breast cancer, instead of starting in their 40's. And that they only need to do it every other year.

Gloria Rouse is in her first week of chemotherapy for her second cycle since being diagnosed with breast cancer in May. The 59 year-old La Grange native credits routine mammograms since she was 45 for making her battle with cancer--a fair fight.

Dr. Rachel Raab with the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center at Pitt County Memorial Hospital disagrees with the new recommendations. "We're all very concerned that starting at age 50 with mammograms might be waiting too late. And there still is some benefit in women obtaining screening mammograms."

So far in this year, the American Cancer Society is reporting over 192,000 new cases of breast cancer in women. Thirty-three percent of these women are under the age of 40.


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  • by Wow Location: Greenville on Nov 19, 2009 at 07:26 PM
    First off, the typical mammogram is about 7-8 times more radiation for the average person than the typical chest x-ray, not 1,000! Secondly, this was a study proposed under Bush. Also, the bill in congress now is a sad joke. If it were actually real socialized health insurance it would cover everyone, instead we get some half-way BS in the name of "bi-partisanship".
  • by Not as safe as you think on Nov 19, 2009 at 09:29 AM
    Mammograms expose your body to radiation that can be 1,000 times greater than that from a chest x-ray, which poses risks of cancer. Mammography compresses the breasts tightly, and often painfully, which could lead to a lethal spread of malignant cells. Cancers are often missed in premenopausal women, who have dense breasts, and postmenopausal women on estrogen replacement therapy. False diagnoses are common, and women may be unnecessarily and harmfully treated by mastectomy, radiation or chemotherapy.
  • by marge on Nov 19, 2009 at 06:29 AM
    This is just the beginning of socialized health care. We've been fair warned and are still stupid enough to ask our congress and senate to vote for it. We are simply getting what we asked for when we supported Obama, Clinton, and Edwards and every other filthy, self-centered politician who wants one thing for us and another for themselves. Do you really think Hillary would have waited until she hit 50 to get a mommogram if they had told us this 10 years ago? Do you think any of them will wait in line for 6 months for an MRI or CT when they want it? We will but they will get what they want when they want it. Just like education. They all say we should send our kids to government sponsored public schools but not one of their children has ever walked through the doors of a public school. And they won't wait for healthcare when they want it either.
  • by Lisa Spencer Location: Fairfield, North Carolina on Nov 19, 2009 at 04:54 AM
    I think that having a yearly mammogram is very important. The self breast exam many women do not know what they are looking for when it comes to a lump and many see doctors when it is unecessary, but it is always better to be safe then sorry. I was fortune, I had very good doctors at Leo Jenkins cancer center that saw me through my toughest time. I had never had a history of breast cancer in my family and at age 29 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was very hard because I had just had my first child and when I returned for my six weeks check-up the doctors found the mass in my left breast and if it had not have been for them I would not be here today to raise my son. It was caught in it's early stage, but I still had to have my breast removed, but no treatment was necessary. I consider my child my lifesaver and thank God for him everyday and the doctor that supported me through all my obstacles. So having a mammogram is something that will at least give some idea or image.
  • by Bob on Nov 18, 2009 at 07:46 PM
    All you losers who voted for osama, this is just the beginning, enjoy it
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