Among her criticisms, she said, is that doctors simply cannot predict which of the women would have had a cancer that remained harmless during her lifetime. As for not screening women aged 40 to 49, she said, "They are the moms, the worker bees, the women who have several decades left of working, and we want to find these things [tumors] as small as possible."
Still, the experts did agree on one piece of advice for women: All women should discuss screening with their doctor to decide what is best for them.
LeFevre said that when he talks to other U.S. doctors about mammography screening, he tells them: "At age 40, discuss. At age 50, recommend or encourage. At age 60, strongly encourage."
To learn more about the U.S. panel's recommendations, head to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
SOURCES: Michael LeFevre, M.D., co-vice chair, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and professor and vice chair, department of family and community medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia; Patrice Lindsay, Ph.D., RN, appointed member, Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care; Stamatia Destounis, M.D., radiologist and managing partner, Elizabeth Wende Breast Care, Rochester, N.Y.; Nov. 21, 2011, Canadian Medical Association Journal
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