Study: Mammograms detect few cancers in young women

Study: Mammograms detect few cancers in young women On Tuesday, in a news release, U. S Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, said in a news release that a new educational campaign aimed at younger women's awareness of breast cancer could launch in time to correspond with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Gillibrand said in a statement, "Thousands of mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters in our state fall victim to this horrible disease every single year. We must recommit ourselves to the battle against breast cancer." According to the Health Department website, since breast cancer is more common in older populations, weighting incidence rates based on information from the 2000 U. S Census allows for more accurate comparisons between communities with different demographics.

Amy Deila, the spokesperson American Cancer Society spokesperson May Deila said, "While 40 seems to be that magical age for breast cancer, it's very important that all women are aware of their bodies, aware of the risks and having those honest conversations" with their doctors". Radiologist Bonnie Yankaskas of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and colleagues examined the records of women aged 18 to 39 when they got their first mammograms starting in
1995, following them for a year to see what happened and Yankaskas and colleagues wrote, "In a theoretical population of 10,000 women aged 35 to 39 years, 1,266 women who are screened will receive further workup, with 16 cancers detected and 1,250 women receiving a false-positive result". They also added, "Harms need to be considered, including radiation exposure because such exposure is more harmful in young women, the anxiety associated with false-positive findings on the initial examination, and costs associated with additional imaging".

A federal scientific advisory panel, last November the U. S Preventive Service said women in their 40's with an average risk for breast cancer did not need annual mammograms to screen for the disease.