The Cancer Screening Guidelines Bulleted


One of our early D.C. medical malpractice jury verdicts involved a physician choosing to ignore the ACS guidelines and the tragic consequences for that mom and her family.

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. 

Here's the official set of recommendations from the ACA:

- Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so.

- Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.

- Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.

- Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.

- All women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations, and potential harms linked to breast cancer screening. 

The ACA also lists a set of guidelines for other types of cancer - click here to learn more.

Have you seen a very serious medical consequences or even death as a result of a doctor not following established guidelines, not following up on tests, not communicating or otherwise making a joke of Patient Safety Rules?

Give us a call today at 202-393-3320 for a free informational interview. You won't have to sign up for anything, and we won't take a fee for investigating your case. And we won't tell you that you have a case if you don't really have one- not our style.

We will simply talk to you about your case, ask you questions, maybe request and review medical records. But you don't up for anything until we are 100% certain you have a case and we don't take a fee unless we make a recovery for you.

So give us a call today at 202-393-3320.


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