This morning, the news media reported new screening guidelines for breast cancer , revising long-standing recommendations about when women should begin receiving mammograms. This shift is aimed at reducing the risks that may be associated with a very broad screening guideline.
As you read and listen to these types of news stories, remember that there is often a difference between what is good for the public’s health and what is right for an individual. These recommendations may make sense when considering the health of all women of a certain age. However, your medical practitioner may have a different recommendation for you as an individual, based on your medical history, your family history, and other factors.
So, ask your doctor for advice about what is best for YOU before deciding about mammograms, breast self-examination, and other screening tests.
Yours in health,
Robin Swift, MPH
Health Programs Director
Clergy Health Initiative