(NEWS CENTER) -- When the government changed it's guidelines, saying women should wait until 50 to start getting regular mammogram screenings, it caused a lot of anger and confusion.
The recommendation has largely been ignored. But study after study continues to question whether mammogram screenings, that is for women who have no lumps or symptoms, really do save lives. In our last buddy to buddy report, we looked at a canadian study that found that screening early and often had little effect on death rates. Meaning that if you waited until you could actually feel a lump, you could still, in the vast majority of cases, save a patient's life... though treatment options would likely have to be more aggressive.
One doctor we spoke with took issue with how the study was conducted and said she would continue to recommend to her patients that they get screened every year starting at age 40. Then, just last week, yet another report was released, this one out of harvard, that also questions the effectiveness of mammograms as a screening tool. In light of so many such studies.. some in the maine medical community say it's time to take a hard look at the status quo.