STATEMENT FROM CMIC'S RADIOLOGISTS ON THEIR POSITION REGARDING THE U.S. PREVENTATIVE SERVICES TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATION ON YEARLY MAMMOGRAMS
Reference links for more information:
Statement from the American College of Radiology (ACR)
Statement from the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)
The radiologists at Central Maine Imaging Center continue to recommend that physicians and their patients follow the American Cancer Society guidelines for screening mammography to allow early detection of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that women obtain yearly screening mammograms beginning at age of 40. It is the opinion of the radiologists at Central Maine Imaging Center, that the US Preventative Services Task Force recommendation that women should not get regular mammograms at age 40 is a step backward.
Screening mammography was implemented back in the mid 1980’s in the United States and since 1990 the death rate from breast cancer has decreased by almost 30%. Prior to that time the death rate had remained unchanged for the previous 50 years. While mammography screening will not save every woman from breast cancer, thousands of lives are saved when tumors are detected at an earlier stage before they have spread.
Central Maine Imaging Center is a partnership between Insight Imaging, Central Maine Medical Center, and the radiologists at X-Ray Professionals. As such, we work very closely with the physicians associated with Central Maine Medical Center and the surrounding communities. We are proud to offer breast MRI, breast US and mammography for patients at Central Maine Imaging Center.
For more information please contact me at 795-2412.
Jerold T. Gale, M.D.
Central Maine Imaging Center