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    Yesterday, CNN posted this article – New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines – discussing the American Cancer Society’s updates to their screening recommendations.

    ACS now suggests that women may postpone regular mammograms until age 45, and that routine manual breast checks can be skipped, stating “evidence does not support routine clinical breast examination as a screening method for women at average risk” (Journal of the American Medical Association).

    Critics of the new guidelines assert that while ACS may be trying to reduce the risk of false positives, they are focusing on if screening will save a patient’s life, and not whether it might catch a cancer at an early stage, potentially avoiding invasive treatments. Early screening and other early prevention techniques can improve quality of life for patients, which theoretically seems like it should be a very important aspect of treatment.

    Warriors – what do you think of this important new development? What effects might these new guidelines have on a woman’s healthcare experience? What role might insurance companies play in this issue?

    Please share your thoughts.

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