If you want your doctor to continue doing them during your routine physical exams, talk to her about it. Even with the new guidelines, women are encourage to "know" their breasts and report any suspicious areas. Remember though, the likelihood of finding a mass during a breast exam is low, so do not mistake using manual exams as an alternative to mammogram screening.
3) Remember, these guidelines were created based on statistics regarding life expectancy, not quality of life issues.
CNN reports that critics of the new guidelines state that the ACS only looked at whether screening saved a woman’s life, not whether screening earlier prevented women from needing to have a mastectomy or chemotherapy.
Do what is right for you. And if later you decide to change your mind, that’s OK too.
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Why New Guidelines Probably Won’t Mean Fewer Mammograms. New York Times.com. Retrieved Oct. 25, 2015.
In major shift, new guidelines scale back breast cancer screenings for younger women. Washington Post.com. Retrieved Oct. 25, 2015.
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