Mammography as a screening tool: The pros and cons and all the confusion
In the spring of 2002, the late Lanie Melamed, BCAM board member, wrote an article for the BCAM Bulletin about the confusion surrounding mammography. In her article titled "Mammography: Questions, Realities, Risks", Lanie wrote...
"The new evidence is unsettling and confusing. Some researchers believe that screening saves lives; for others the question is unresolved. Once again women are left with personal choices. After weighing the evidence each must decide what she wants, what risks she can live with, whom to believe, what and how much to read. Unhappily, there are no easy answers and no consensus about what or who is correct."
Eleven years later we are still asking the same questions. It was long believed that cancers caught "early" by mammography were less likely to be fatal. It is now known that some cancers are more aggressive than others, and that the time of diagnosis or the size of the tumour may have little to do with long-term prospects. Please join us on May 15 to discuss the pertinent issues that surround mammography and make sense of the confusing messages about this loaded subject.
Date: May 15
24 Mont-Royal West
Montreal, Quebec H2T 2S2