There may be some confusion about when to get mammograms now. Some groups, apparently looking at total cost versus saving lives have indicated women should put off getting mammograms to screen for breast cancer until age 50.
But the American Cancer Society continues to recommend a baseline mammogram at age 40 and annual screening mammograms after that for women who are at average risk of breast cancer.
In fact, one study of nearly 1 million women found a 29% decrease in breast cancer deaths with screening mammograms for women in their 40s.
We only represent people and families; patients injured because of preventable medical mistakes, children with cerebral palsy, workers with on-the-job injuries, people injured in serious car accidents, and families who have lost a loved one. That's all we do.
PATIENT SAFETY RULES
Every hospital, HMO and doctor's office is supposed to follow basic patient safety rules.
Like all of us - bus drivers, accountants, construction workers, lawyers, we all have rules to follow. And nurses, doctors, hospital techs, specialists, consultants are no different. Everyone in healthcare has rules to follow - rules that are in place to keep patients safe.
So if you think someone you know was seriously injured because someone in healthcare didn't follow the rules, or a hospital didn't have a system to make sure the right thing was done, call us or send us a confidential email. We'll give you as much information as we can about preventable medical mistakes in D.C., Maryland or Virginia and holding the healthcare system accountable for breaking the rules.