Proposed regulations from the federal Food and Drug Administration address problems with breast implants and call for more frequent screening, beginning at 5-6 years after surgery and every 2 years after that, for women with the devices.
Here’s a good backgrounder from the FDA on the issues:
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On January 28-29, leading medical organizations and a federal advisory committee will meet to discuss conflicting mammography guidelines causing confusion among women. We promise to follow. Meantime, publicity about mammography’s short-comings makes women wonder if magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or ultrasound are better. For
now, they aren’t though each has its appropriate use, particularly as a companion to mammography. Here are two links on MRI and ultrasound for those who want more info.
From ASCO on MRI: http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/diagnosing-cancer/tests-and-procedures/breast-mri-early-detection-breast-cancer
Johns Hopkins on ultrasound: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/test_procedures/gynecology/breast_ultrasound_92,P07764/
A national program pays for mammograms and Pap smears for women who have no insurance or who skip medical appointments and tests because their out-of-pocket costs are so high. It’s important to spread the word, in light of new mammography guidelines. Congress has told health insurers they can NOT change policies on paying for screening mammograms for two years. Let’s hope that does not happen. Here’s a link to reach the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program. www.bcccp.org; (888) 242-2702