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Screening Guidelines – Always changing?

Cancer Screening Questions

Cancer Screening Questions

On January 18th, 2016, the #BCSM community will discuss the ever changing nature of cancer screenings.

Early in January, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force announced new guidelines stating that mammograms before age 50 were no longer essential.  You can read the press releases and latest news here:

NEW BREAST CANCER SCREENING GUIDELINES: USPSTF SAYS MAMMOGRAMS BEFORE AGE 50 AREN’T ESSENTIAL

New breast cancer screening guidelines leave some confused

Dr. Deanna Attai, one of the co-moderators for #BCSM, has written extensively about screening guidelines in the past:

The Final Word on Screening Mammography

and

To Screen or Not to Screen

It can be very hard to understand what guidelines to follow and how to create a plan that work for you.  We’ll discuss key topics and questions on this very important topic.

Here are the questions to review before the chat:

T1:  New Screening guidelines – how do we keep track?  How do we know what to follow?

T2:  Understanding the Limitations of Screening – What if a patient WANTS to be screened, what’s the proper course of action?

T3:  Screening vs Prevention – why distinction is important

T4:  As a community, how should we react/educate on screening guidelines?  Is there too much focus on screening?

What would you add to the list?  Let us know!