THE HEART OF THE MATTER
a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA) 

Week: 569.1 Guest: Dr. Barbara Reimer, Chairperson, Nat'l Cancer Advisory Board Topic: Mammography recommendations Producer/Host: Steve Girard

NEMA: A final word on when to get mammograms...coming up...

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NEMA: There's been a flurry of recommendations regarding women and mammography. The National Cancer Advisory Board, the advisory committee to the National Cancer Institute, presented its recommendations on screening for breast cancer at a recent press conference at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Barbara Reimer is chairperson of the advisory board....

REIMER: To assist women ages 40 to 49, who seek definitive advice on mammography, the NCI should recommend regular screening mammograms between ages 40 and 49...for women at average risk. For women 40 to 49 years of age, it is prudent to have mammograms every one or two years. Some women are at higher risk than others. Women at higher risk should seek medical advice about beginning mammography before age 40 and to determine their schedule in their 40's. The NCI should continue to recommend regular mammograms in their 50's, as advised by all professional organizations.

TEXT: A clinical breast exam by a health care provider is still strongly recommended as part of your regular health care...to further increase your chance of catching problems early. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.