Unclear screening recommendations offer unexpected benefit

For any woman who has gone online to find out when she should talk to her doctor about what age she needs to start being screened for breast cancer, finding the information can be confusing and frustrating. Depending on your source, the recommendations will vary. These aren’t just health blogs either – they are highly regarded governing bodies such as the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. While the benefits may be hard to see in a frustrating situation like this, there is one really important silver lining for women diagnosed with breast cancer: empowerment.

Because of the often contradictory nature of these recommendations, women are becoming more empowered to take control of their own health. The confusion is prompting them to go to their doctors and discuss what their concerns are and what actions are recommended. By working together as a team, women and their doctors are able to better assess the risk for cancer based on family history, lifestyle, and the overall statistics of breast cancer in order to develop a health care plan to fit the individual woman’s health needs.

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