Yakima doctor speaks out against new breast cancer study
YAKIMA, Wash. -- A new study about detecting breast cancer is causing a backlash in the medical community. One Yakima doctor called this study a step back for the medical community, she'll continue suggesting her patients get mammogram screenings starting between the ages of 35 and 40.
The study conducted by the US Preventative Services Task Force suggests that women wait until they're fifty to begin having regular mammogram's. The government panel of doctors and scientists believe that early and frequent breast screenings can lead to false positives and unnecessary biopsies. The study also claims self-breast exams are of no value.
"Now most of us in the breast cancer field feel pretty strongly that they're off base on that so I'll just throw that one out there from the beginning," said Dr. Vicky Jones, oncologist and breast cancer specialist.
Jones said the study is based on surgical biopsy practices, which are no longer common practice. She also said recommendations shouldn't be based on the statistical number of breast cancer cases because the number of cases is higher in women over fifty. But, early breast cancer detection does help save women in their 30's and 40's.
Jones hopes insurance companies do not follow this studies recommendation, she said that would be like two steps back for cancer specialists and patients.