Over the last several years there has been much debate over the recommendations, risks and benefits of routine breast cancer screening. At what age should women start receiving routine mammograms? Which type of screening is most beneficial? Are MRI’s and ultrasounds necessary and effective? Do the pros of mammography outweigh the cons? Are we entering an age of “over-diagnosis”?
With all of the debate, an undeniable truth is this: early detection saves lives. The earlier a breast cancer is detected the more treatable and curable it is. A tumor’s size and whether or not it has infiltrated surrounding tissue are key determinants in a woman’s prognosis.
It’s important to remember that even though regular screening is necessary, it is not perfect. No one knows your body better than you and you are your own best advocate for your breast health. Talk to your doctor and develop a screening plan that is best for you.