Abramson Cancer Center clinicians and researchers weigh in on newly released breast cancer screening guidelines

November 20, 2009

Clinicians and researchers from Penn's Breast Cancer Program comment on the recently released US Preventive Services Task Force Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines. In a reversal of previous guidelines, the panel now urges screening Mammograms begin at 50, not 40.

Penn Medicine's Breast Imaging

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Emily F. Conant, MD
Professor of Radiology
Chief, Division of Breast Imaging

Emily Conant, MD, Professor of Radiology and Chief of Breast Imaging, was interviewed for WHYY FM and WHYY.org discussing her unwillingness to scale back on breast cancer screening recommendations. "We know that screening has an impact. It decreases breast cancer deaths. I think if you look at it from an individual woman's stand point, we all would like to be the one who, if we do have to get cancer, were diagnosed early where we have greatest options," said Dr. Conant.

Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE
Director, General Internal Medicine
Associate Director, Outcomes and Delivery
Co-Program Leader, Cancer Prevention and Control Program

Media Coverage

  • American Cancer Society Responds to Changes to USPSTF Mammography guidelines... click here
  • Confusion follows mammogram advice... click here
  • New Mammogram Advice Finds a Skeptical Audience... click here
  • Many Doctors to Stay Course on Breast Exams for Now... click here
  • New Guidelines on Breast Cancer Draw Opposition... click here
  • Screening Policy Won't Change, U.S. Officials Say... click here
  • Sebelius' advice: Begin mammograms at age 40... click here