When I first took up running back in the early 2000’s I used to run a race in Eisenhower Park, LI called the 1 in 9. The race was to raise both money and awareness of the prevelence of breast cancer in women. The statistic of the day was that 1 in 9 women would be diagnosed with breast cancer.
Now, approximately 15 years later, that statistic has changed. And not for the better. The current statisitic is that 1 in 8 women will get diagonosed with breast cancer.
Fear of breast cancer is many women’s number one fear. Mammograms have long been considered the gold standard for detecting breast cancer. But, in November 2009, the United States Preventive Services Task Force reversed its long-standing advice and released new guidelines recommending that most women start regular breast cancer screening at age 50, instead of 40, as previously suggested, and that they be screened every two years, not annually.
The task for concluded that the risk associated with mammograms for women in their 40’s (including a 60 percent greater chance of getting a false-postitive result thanks to denser breast tissue) even though they are less likely to have breast cancer) outweigh the benefits. In addition, the guidelines did not recommend routine screening for women older than 74 because the risks and benefits remain unknown. These new guidelines did not apply to women at high risk for breast cancer.
If You’re Over 50
One of the greatest benefits of modern Western medicine is diagnostic screens. Screens help to indentify what your risk is. We screen to see if something doesn’t belong and then take appropriate and immediate action to rectify it. If you’re a women over 50, getting screened for breast cancer annualy can mean the difference between life and death.
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