Local doctor outraged at proposed mammogram changes / Dr. Jessica Guingrich

PEORIA, Ill. — Every day Dr. Jessica Guingrich pours over mammograms at the OSF Center for Breast Health.

The current guideline is for women to get annual mammograms starting at age 40.

“We see cancers in women age 40-50 every single day here,” said Dr. Guingrich.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is proposing a change to women age 50 to 74 and every other year.

Dr. Guingrich is scared this will hurt some of the most vulnerable women, “75 percent of cancer in women age 40-49 are in women who have no risk factors.”

In 2014, an estimated 233,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,000 women died from it. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women.

“They found my breast cancer, which was invasive, on my yearly screening mammogram,” explained Marsha Kampfl.

Kampfl has a unique perspective, she works at the breast center and is also eight years cancer-free.

She was diagnosed at age 47 and she called the proposal ‘frightening’, “If I was not able to have my mammogram until I was 50, that would have been years for that cancer to be growing and I would not have had the prognosis that I have now.”

On the other side of the equation some experts say too much screening can lead to false-positives, anxiety, overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has an open comment period until May 18. For more information or to comment visit: www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Comment/Collect/Index/RecommendationStatementDraft/breast-cancer-screening1



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