New Study Questions Benefits of Mammography

5 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, December 04 2012 Dec 4, 2012 Tuesday, December 04, 2012 7:26:00 PM CST December 04, 2012 in News
By: Colin Evans
loading

COLUMBIA - A new study released by the New England Journal of Medicine shows that mammography might not be as beneficial as many doctors expect. According to the study, the death rate of women with breast cancer has decreased by 28% because of better treatment options, not mammography. The study contradicts doctor's advice that women over 40 should get yearly mammograms. That is not going over well with local doctors and breast cancer survivors.

"I would say people should take this study with caution. Caution to everyone who reads that is not jumping to the conclusion that, ‘I don't need a mammogram because that's what this paper says,'" said Paul Dale chief of surgical oncology at Ellis Fischel.

The study, written by two doctors, also suggests that 70% of the women diagnosed with breast cancer would have survived without ever being diagnosed, the report says breast cancer was "overdiagnosed" in 1.3 million women in the U.S. over the past 30 years. According to the study, women who are misdiagnosed undergo various cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, and those treatments could lead to other life threatening cancers such as leukemia. But according to Dale, the study overlooked one important factor.

"The problem is, I can't tell which women are the ones I can leave alone and the ones that I can't. And by the time I figure that out, those women are probably gonna (going to) die," Dale said. "Right now, it would be taking a big risk if you walked into my office and I said, ‘a third...a third of women are gonna (going to) do fine without doing anything. I just don't know if you're that third.' What are you gonna (going to) do?"

When local breast cancer survivors heard of the study, their response was similar to local doctors. Rosie Verslues, a breast cancer survivor for 26 years, said doctors would not have been able to catch her cancer at such an early stage if she did not get a yearly mammogram.

"At 39 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. And probably had I not taken that preventative step in getting my breast checked, it could have been a lot more invasive," Verslues said.

Now, Verslues is the leader of a breast cancer support group called Encouragement through Caring (ETC) in Jefferson City. She said she strongly encourages women over 40 to get mammograms just to be safe.

"I wouldn't have known about my breast cancer, and I probably wouldn't be here today," fellow survivor of 18 years Linda Harvey said. She said mammography saved her life. Harvey also said it was crucial for her to monitor her breasts because she has a family history of breast cancer. She started getting mammograms at the age of 35.

So, should women over 40 get annual mammogram exams? Doctors and the American Cancer Society believe so.

"I still recommend women get screening mammography. I still believe there's a significant benefit to finding the cancer as early as possible," Dale said. "They (mammograms) do identify women that have breast cancers, and often times identify those cancers early so we can implement treatment on an individual basis...if you're an individual (woman) with breast cancer, you want to find it early. And the best way to do that is to continue to get your yearly screening."

And for women under the age of 40, Dale said you should check your breasts, and if you feel lumps or anything unusual notify your primary care physician.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Columbia's waste management department presented its plans for an expansion to the city's privately owned landfill Monday evening... More >>
19 minutes ago Monday, February 19 2018 Feb 19, 2018 Monday, February 19, 2018 7:35:00 PM CST February 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri House has passed a bill to ban marriages of children under 15 years... More >>
59 minutes ago Monday, February 19 2018 Feb 19, 2018 Monday, February 19, 2018 6:54:30 PM CST February 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A House committee approved a bill to allow people with prior convictions to work in places that... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, February 19 2018 Feb 19, 2018 Monday, February 19, 2018 3:16:00 PM CST February 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council is expected to adopt a resolution declaring its support for community-oriented policing at its... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, February 19 2018 Feb 19, 2018 Monday, February 19, 2018 1:38:00 PM CST February 19, 2018 in News
REPUBLIC (AP) — Police have arrested a 13-year-old Missouri boy accused of threatening to shoot up a school with... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, February 19 2018 Feb 19, 2018 Monday, February 19, 2018 12:42:00 PM CST February 19, 2018 in News
POPLAR BLUFF (AP) — A man has been acquitted in the fatal shooting of his former brother-in-law on the... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, February 19 2018 Feb 19, 2018 Monday, February 19, 2018 11:34:18 AM CST February 19, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A lawsuit filed last week alleges a Kansas City school allowed a violent felon to... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, February 19 2018 Feb 19, 2018 Monday, February 19, 2018 9:22:00 AM CST February 19, 2018 in News
LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say two children have died and three other people are critically injured in... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, February 19 2018 Feb 19, 2018 Monday, February 19, 2018 7:28:00 AM CST February 19, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY - February is national wedding month. According to the National Association of Bridal Consultants , most couples begin... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, February 19 2018 Feb 19, 2018 Monday, February 19, 2018 7:14:00 AM CST February 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A $2.7 million project to the Columbia sewage system will be introduced to city council Monday night. ... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, February 19 2018 Feb 19, 2018 Monday, February 19, 2018 7:08:00 AM CST February 19, 2018 in News
ODESSA (AP) — An 80-year-old Missouri man who was convicted of abusing two young girls faces a possible... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, February 19 2018 Feb 19, 2018 Monday, February 19, 2018 6:47:00 AM CST February 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Are you confused by the concept of crypto-currencies? Does Bitcoin baffle you? KOMU's Angie Bailey tries to answer... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, February 19 2018 Feb 19, 2018 Monday, February 19, 2018 6:26:00 AM CST February 19, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY - A 10-acre fire threatened several homes just outside of Columbia Sunday. The fire was near the... More >>
22 hours ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 9:04:00 PM CST February 18, 2018 in News
ROCHEPORT - With all 163 seats in the Missouri House of Representatives up for election this November, campaigns are getting... More >>
23 hours ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 7:57:00 PM CST February 18, 2018 in News
LICKING - The Texas County Sheriff's Office canceled an Endangered Silver Advisory for an 85-year-old woman reported missing... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 7:30:00 PM CST February 18, 2018 in News
MONITEAU COUNTY - A California man was taken into custody after deputies reported finding a "substantial amount" of meth inside... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 7:20:00 PM CST February 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia plans to pull together a group of professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 5:58:00 PM CST February 18, 2018 in News
CENTERTOWN - A warm, but blustery Sunday morning carried the smell of gunpowder over Rock Creek Road in Centertown, a... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, February 18 2018 Feb 18, 2018 Sunday, February 18, 2018 2:07:00 PM CST February 18, 2018 in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 66°
8pm 58°
9pm 57°
10pm 59°
11pm 61°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00p
2018 Olympic Winter Games
10:30p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
11:05p
2018 Olympic Winter Games
7:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
8:00p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2018 Olympic Winter Games
7:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
8:00p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld