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Taking A Stand: New mammogram guidelines

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By Vice-President/General Manager Debbie Bush

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - One in eight women will face breast cancer in their lifetime, yet a new, questionable government study said current screening measures may do more harm than good.

Currently, the guidelines recommend mammograms every year starting at age 40.

The new study argues that early screenings often have a false positive test, causing anxiety.

As one doctor from St. Mary's told the 14 News department, the idea of stopping screenings because somebody's feelings may get hurt is just plain ridiculous.

Isn't this really about saving money and not saving lives? Will insurance companies stop reimbursing mammograms before 50? And, with the current economic conditions, fewer women will be able to pay, more cancers will be detected later, and more women will die.

The study said self breast exams are not recommended, that they shouldn't be taught and they don't increase the detection of breast cancer.

Our stand: Women, don't accept this. Speak up and protest.

Listen to the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen For the Cure. Do your monthly self exams, and if you are over 40, get your mammograms.

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