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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New Guidelines for Breast Cancer Screening. Rochelle Shoretz Answers questions on Fox 5 News NY

In breaking news, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of experts appointed by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, released new guidelines on November 16th, recommending that most women start regular breast cancer screening at age 50, not 40. The recommendations do not apply to women with unusual risk factors for breast cancer, and the Task Force “encourages individualized, informed decision making about when to start mammography screening”. For the complete abstract, please visit http://www.annals.org/content/151/10/716.full.

At this time, Sharsheret urges each woman to consult with her health care provider about the method and frequency of screening that is appropriate for her, given her medical and family genetic history. For more information about risk factors for hereditary breast cancer, please contact Sharsheret’s staff genetic counselor, Niecee Singer Schonberger, M.S., C.G.C., at nschonberger@sharsheret.org or (866) 474-2774.

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