Changes to breast cancer screening guidelines mean more power — and more confusion — for patients

More than 20 years ago, Anne Kearney was instrumental in setting up a breast cancer screening program in Newfoundland and Labrador. Today, she says that program should change. The Memorial University nursing professor says the next update to national screening guidelines shouldn't recommend that women aged 50 to 75 get mammograms as a matter of course. “When our program started in 1996, there was good evidence that mammography would reduce mortality for women overall,” Kearney said.  After years of walking back the recommendations on breast cancer screening that many Canadian women grew up learning, updated guidelines released in December got closer to calling for an end to the longstanding practice of sending all women for regular mammograms once they turned 50. As we get more evidence about that practice over time, Kearney told The St. John's Morning Show, we've learned that while mammography does help some women, over the entire population they don't help women live longer — and they do have associated harms, some of them serious. Read more here >>>

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