Mammography is one of the most debated and medical procedure that has been scrutinized intensely at this point in time but there are no disagreements found on some two points. The first point is that there is no other screening tool for breast cancer that has the best combination for specificity and sensitivity. Secondly it’s a fact that as at today, mammography is considered the best tool (American Cancer Society, 2015). It should be noted that mammography help in any to prevent breast cancer but they play an important part in saving the lives of many women as they help in finding the breast cancer and finding ways of dealing with it as soon as possible.
For women with age ranging from 50-69, the benefits associated with mammography that are life-saving are quite clear. This means that they really need to have mammograms on a regular basis that is year. From a number of individual studies summarized by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force it was found out that women aged 50-59 who always have mammograms on a regular basis their risk of dying from breast cancer is 14% lower than those who do not get the same (Gtzsche, & Jrgensen, 2013). Taking mammography annually has the benefit of being cost effective.
Women who suffer an average risk basically a large proportion of women usually get a mammography at an average of three year usually decrease the risk associated with harms brought about by breast cancer. These include chances of false positive mammograms, over diagnosis and benign biopsies. According to the US Preventive Services Task Force, they recommend biennial screening for mammography especially by women at an average risk that is 50-70 years (Sechopoulos & Hendrick, 2012). The benefits resulting from screening is that it reduces the death caused by breast cancer and increasing the number of quality life years.
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