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Published on November 20, 2009

Mercy Medical Center Takes Stand on Mammography Guidelines

In response to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations this week regarding screening mammograms start at the age of 50 unless there is a strong family history, Mercy Medical Center will continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology and American College of Surgeons. These guidelines are to begin annual screening mammograms at the age of 40. The bottom line for women regardless of age is to discuss the pros and cons with their physician and make a screening choice based on individual needs.

Mercy Medical Center, along with Dr. Laura Hemann, Medical Director of Mercy Women's Center, continues to support early detection, breast cancer screenings and self breast examinations, and encourages women to follow the American Cancer Society's recommendations.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women in the United States. This year, nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.