Crozer-Keystone Supports Annual Mammography
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently withdrew its support for screening mammography for women 40-49 and for women over 75, and recommended that women ages 50-74 be screened every two years instead of annually.
Like the American Cancer Society, the American College of Radiology, the Society of Breast Imaging, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Crozer-Keystone does not support these recommendations. Crozer-Keystone hospitals regularly detect breast cancers in women under 40 and over 75 through routine screening.
- Crozer-Keystone recommends the following as part of a complete breast health care routine:
- Beginning at age 40, women should have a screening mammogram every year. This includes patients who are over 75 and in good health.
- Women over 40 should conduct breast self-exams monthly. Women should be aware of the appearance and feel of their breast and be able to identify any changes.
- Starting in their 20s, women should receive a clinical breast exam by a physician every three years, and annually after age 40. The physician can be a family doctor, gynecologist or breast specialist.
Crozer-Keystone performs more than 22,700 mammograms each year, more than any other health system in Delaware County. Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Delaware County Memorial Hospital have earned accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
To schedule a mammogram at a Crozer-Keystone facility, call 1-866-5-CK-XRAY (1-866-525-9729) or visit http://ckimaging.crozer.org.