The Controversy Continues: New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Jolt Medical Field, Spark Doctor-Patient Communications

December 1, 2009


The recently revised guidelines on breast cancer screenings by a government task force have ignited an emotionally charged firestorm among doctors across the country. According to an article in WebMD, however, there is one thing doctors agree on: The new mammography advice will spark more discussions between women and their doctors about the benefits and risks of these screenings for the early detection of breast cancer. Thomas Bader, MD, chief of General Obstetrics and Gynecology at HUP, is mentioned in the article for saying that the task force advice -- which recommends that women at average risk should wait to get routine screening mammograms until they're age 50, instead of the current standard of 40 -- may change doctor's practices, but not his. Read More