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  • Breast Screening Guidelines Position Statement

    After careful review of the breast screening guidelines released by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Nov. 16, 2009, MultiCare Health System continues to fully support the American Cancer Society’s breast screening guidelines, which include annual mammograms for women 40 and over.

    The recently issued guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force call for mammography screening every two years for women between 50 and 74. The task force recognizes that mammograms are a critical cancer detection method for women ages 50 - 74.

    Many leading breast health organizations have not changed their position on breast health screening after evaluation of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s finding. These organizations include:

    National Cancer Institute

    Society of Breast Imaging

    American Cancer Society

    American College of Radiology

    Susan G. Komen for the Cure

    Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

    As part of MultiCare’s commitment to early detection and treatment of cancer, we support the unchanged American Cancer Society guidelines, which include:

    • Annual mammograms starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.
    • A clinical breast exam (CBE) as part a periodic health exam, approximately every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and annually for women 40 and over.
    • Breast self-exams (BSE) for women starting in their 20s as an option for detecting changes in the way their breast feel; any changes in the way breasts feel should be reported to a woman’s health care provider.

    MultiCare encourages woman to discuss any concerns about breast screening with their health care provider, including individual risks and benefits.

    Posted on Dec 7, 2009 in