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Pros and cons of American Cancer Society’s new breast cancer screening guidelines




The American Cancer Society has updated its cancer screening guidelines, the first time in a decade.
The American Cancer Society has updated its cancer screening guidelines, the first time in a decade.
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The American Cancer Society has updated its cancer screening guidelines, the first time in a decade.

The new guidelines call for women to start annual mammogram screenings at age 45, instead of 40; and two times a year for women over the age of 55.

While these guidelines are just that -- guidelines, they’re certain to have an impact on how doctors and women approach breast cancer screening.

Would they have an effect on insurance coverage? Do they make you rethink when you should get your first mammogram?  

Guests:

Dr. Israel DeAlba,  M.D, M.P.H., Asst. Clinical Professor in internal and preventive medicines at UC Irvine Medical Center, who specializes in cancer prevention and early detection.  He is an American Cancer Society volunteer and a previously ACS-funded researcher

Dr. Dana H. Smetherman, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.R., Section Head, Breast Imaging and Vice Chair, Department of Radiology at the Ochsner Health System, a not-for-profit health care provider based in southeast Louisiana​