Health Screening Recommendations Causing Anger, Confusion Among Women

Friday, November 20, 2009

This week a government physicians' group, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, issued a recommendation that women with no underlying risk factors for breast cancer wait until they are 50 before getting regular mammograms. Until that point, the recommended age for the screening was 40. And today the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology issued a recommendation of its own. That group says women shouldn't get the pap smear test that screens for cervical cancer until they are 21. They also said women should get the tests less frequently than many do now: once every two years for women under 30 and once every three years for women over 30. The new recommendations have many women up in arms. Dr. Andrea Price, an OBGYN, says some of her patients are confused and dismayed by these recommendations. We hear what she recommends.

Guests:

Dr. Andrea Price

Contributors:

Noel King

Comments [1]

casey

There is something "off" in this country. Backlash about universal healthcare, "government should not come between patient and doctor". Here we have no intervention, so people should work with their doctor. how silly to think that all women are exactly the same and therefore require same tests within same timelines.There is no arguement here, talk to your doctor!

Nov. 20 2009 02:05 PM

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