Dr. Oz New Mammograms Guidelines And Breast Examinations

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Dr. Oz New Mammography Guidelines And Breast Examinations

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Dr. Oz, joined by Dr. Susan Love and Dr. Jen Ashton, takes questions from the audience regarding the new government's new mammogram guidelines. The United States Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) on Monday released a new set recommendations changing the guidelines for mammography and no longer recommending an annual one for women from ages 40 to 49. Dr. Oz, Dr. Susan Love and Dr. Jen Ashton talk about everything from personal history, to lifestyle choices to when YOU should get a mammogram.

Dr. Oz talked about Breast Cancer and the 3 categories for women in their 40's;

1. One third that might not actually be deadly to you. It will grow so slowly it might not be problematic.

2. A third that are slow growing ones that will become a bad problem, their the ones you want to catch and cure.

3. A third that are so aggressive, that even if you catch them with a mammogram you're already a bit too late.

Dr. Susan Love said "that the idea that you're always going to find it on a Mammogram is not true. It really depends on the kind of Breast Cancer you have. And unfortunately the group that's most aggressive is the group were not as good at."

Dr. oz says there is cutting edge research going on out there right now, finding the equivalent of a pap smear for the breast where you actually milk the nipples, and take some of the milk out of the nipples, and be able to look at that and say "hey there is something wrong in there."

Dr. Jen Ashton goes over "what are the screening questions"in the video.

Dr. Oz asks : "Peace of Mind" or "Power of Me:" Which Kind of Person are You?

The “peace of mind” crowd doesn’t mind trading the risk of a false positive for the benefit of early detection. They’ll do anything to stop disease in its tracks, no matter the cost or inconvenience. “Power of me” folks, on the other hand, believe in the power of prevention and may defer screening tests until their age puts them into a higher risk group.
There’s no right answer. But I’m convinced that when people make decisions about their health, they fall into one of these 2 categories. By knowing your type and arming yourself with good information, you’ll make smart choices about mammograms, especially given the controversial and somewhat confusing new recommendations.
Mehmet Oz, MD

Dr. Oz advises and encourage women to examine their breasts. Studies show that, especially in younger women, many breast tumors are first detected during self-exam. 

A government panel's recommendation that women under 50 do not need regular mammograms is attacked by oncologists, gynecologists and cancer groups. The task force does not recommend that women do self breast exams because they say it has not been shown to save lives. They say that studies have shown that it leads to a lot of unnecessary biopsies and that it does not save lives due to breast cancer caught at earlier stages.
The United States Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) on Monday released a new set recommendations changing the guidelines for mammography and no longer recommending an annual one for women from ages 40 to 49. Preventive Services Task Force concluded that risk of breast cancer is very low in women age 40 to 50 and that the risk of false positives and complications from biopsies and other invasive procedures is too high for the procedure to be used routinely.

The American Cancer Association say that woman from the age of 40 should have yearly mammogram's and continue as long as a woman is in good health. The USPSTF believes this is not necessary, a woman before the age of 50 should consider screening every two years only if they are at a high risk. the National Cancer Institute and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, immediately attacked the federal panel's conclusion, saying that they would not change their guidelines and would continue to urge women to undergo the tests.

Breast cancer specialists warned that the new recommendations could undermine advances in detecting and treating breast cancer early. Deaths from breast cancer have dropped 30% since 1990.

More than 192,000 new cases of breast cancer are expected in the U.S. this year, and 40,000 deaths. Early detection is the best tool to prevent deaths, most oncologists agree.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women in the U.S. With more than 192,370 new cases and 40,170 deaths is the U.S. 2009 estimate.

So what their saying that women who are screened starting at the age 40 it produces more false positives leading to unnecessary biopsy's.

Another major change is women over 50 - 74 only need to be screened every two years. The American Cancer Society rejects the new guidelines, and will continue to recommend screening for all women beginning at 40. Cancer experts are concerned competing guidelines will confuse women and their doctor. These guidelines do not apply to women with a high risk to breast cancer or who have a family history of the disease.

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There are 3 categories of risk factors linked to breast cancer.

1. Gender: Being a woman is the main risk factor
2. Age: Risk increases as you get older
3. Genes: The most common cause of hereditary breast cancer is an inherited mutation in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes
4. Family History: Mother or sister with breast cancer

Lifestyle Risk Factors
1. Hormone replacement therapy
2. 2-5 alcoholic drinks a day
3. Being overweight or obese
4. Lack of exercise

Factors with Uncertain Effect on Breast Cancer Risk
1. High-fat diet
2. Cigarette smoking
3. Working the night shift

Breast Cancer signs and symptoms, risk factors, early detection, treatments, deaths, estimated new cases, and estimated deaths

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