At last night’s Midtown Republican Club meeting, Dr. George Flinn stopped by. He’s always welcome, but he had an important topic to talk about.
He’s concerned about recent articles that tell women over age 40 that they do not need yearly mammograms. As a radiologist he feels this will deny 17 million women in their 40s the screenings that are so vital for them. Dr. Flinn has shared this letter:
Millions of American women are in danger of losing coverage of annual mammogram screening because of confusing guidelines.
Early detection of breast cancer saves lives, which is why I maintain women should have annual mammogram screenings beginning at age 40.
I am asking you to help fight for the rights of the millions of women who are in danger of losing coverage for annual mammogram screening. Many states use these guidelines for insurance coverage decisions.
How can you help?
Confusing recommendations from the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) which say women should wait until age 45 or 50 to begin annual mammogram screenings are not something I endorse or suggest to my patients.
With nearly 40 years of experience under my belt as a leader in the field of radiology, I stand by the guidelines of the American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging: begin annual mammogram screenings at age 40.
I will not be swayed by insurance company lobbyists, USPSTF, or ACS to change what I know is best for those at risk for developing breast cancer. An annual mammogram screening beginning at age 40 has helped reduce the breast cancer death rate by 30 percent.
Together, we can make a difference and help save millions of lives.
The site to sign the petition to Congress is www.screenat40.com When people sign up I will place their name on the petition and send it to Congress so we can stop this excluding women from mammography coverage.
Dr. Flinn added that many are using the excuse that mammograms are imperfect. But that, he says, is like saying it’s not a perfect test for some, so let’s not do any at all. It’s not logical.
This is an easy thing to do and will probably save lives.