A Roanoke Valley breast surgeon says women should not let medical journal articles confuse them about the need for annual mammograms over the age of 40. The story from WFIR’s Jim Kent:[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/11-14-mammogram-wrap-1-WEB.mp3|titles=11-14 mammogram wrap 1-WEB]
A recent article in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggesting that mammograms every other year would result in fewer “false positives.” Dr. Bob Williams is a breast surgeon and local president of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. He says having to go back for a re-test is a small price to pay when you consider that breast cancer caught early is almost always curable. He says the recommendation remains: Women should get mammograms every year over the age of 40, and maybe younger if they have a family history of breast cancer.