UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am
This year, more than 150 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Mclennan County. But whether a woman starts getting annal mammograms at the age of 40 or 50 is still under debate. The U.S. Preventative Service Task Force says the age to start getting mammograms is too low, and women in their 40s are more likely to get false-positive test results.
One local oncologist sees more than one thousand patients across the area with breast cancer. He says that's not always the case. "Routine self breast exams and starting your annual mammograms at the appropriate age are really key to finding breast cancer in the early stage," says Dr. Carl Chakmakjian. "And the earlier you find the breast cancer, the better chance you have for a cure."
The National Cancer Institute says all women should start annual mammograms when they are 40 years old.