Debate Over The Benefits Of Routine Mammograms

Debate Over The Benefits Of Routine Mammograms

The availability of 3-D mammograms renews debate about who should get them and when: Calculating the health benefits of routine mammograms.

It’s been generally accepted that early breast cancer detection and treatment can improve a patient's prognosis. For decades women have been advised to get an annual mammogram starting at age 40, and now there’s 3-D mammography which can improve chances of spotting something suspicious. 3-D mammography can also reduce the number of women who need to be called call-back for a follow up test, but some say widespread routine screening is leading to unnecessary treatment: Please join us to discuss the benefits and consequences of regular mammograms.

Guests

Shannon Brownlee

acting director of the Health Policy Program at New America Foundation.

Dr. Daniel Kopans

professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Gil Welch

professor of medicine at Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Research and
internist, VA Outcomes Group

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