Nearly half the cases of breast cancer in North Iowa occur in women who a recent government report said do not need regular mammograms, according to a Mason City doctor.
Dr. Gary Swenson, director of Breast Imaging at Forest Park Imaging Services, Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, criticized a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force report that most women in their 40s do not need mammograms nor do women over
the age of 75.
The Mayo Clinic has also issued a statement saying the task force recommendations would not change its practices regarding screening mammograms.
“Every day we discover invasive breast cancer in a woman age 40 to 50,” said Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, director of the Breast Clinic at Mayo.
Elderly women for whom screening is judged to be of benefit will also continue to receive mammograms at Mayo Clinic.
Globe Gazette, by Kristin Buehner, 11/19/09
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