October is Breast Cancer Awareness month
October has become the month to pressure women to Buy Pink! and schedule their annual mammograms.
But I’d rather see more women informed about the effectiveness of annual mammograms (not as much as you might think).
And I’d like to see more care providers drop the paternal attitudes and really have a conversation with women about the pros and cons of screening mammograms, and how (or if) this diagnostic tool should be used to meet their health care goals.
I’ve written many posts on this topic, so please check them out!
- Do you need an annual mammogram?
- Confused by mammogram guidelines?
- Better patient education for mammograms
- Screening mammograms – Benefits vs harms
- Risk Benefit Theater – Screening mammograms
Mammograms are a wonderful tool, but like all tools they need to be used wisely to be the most cost effective and beneficial.
Be informed, talk to your doctor, and then make a plan that is right for YOU.
Over-diagnosis and over-treatment are costly, sometimes harmful, consequences of over-screening. Learn more to protect yourself and make better informed health care decisions. These are some of my favorite books on the subject: