UC Health Study Hopes To End Confusion Over Mammogram Screenings

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh
Photo by Damian Dovarganes AP
Above: Mammograms are good at finding lumps, but it can be hard to determine which could become life-threatening and which are harmless.

According to the American Cancer Society's breast cancer screening guidelines women should begin annual mammograms by age 45 and can reduce that to every other year starting at age 55.

Not everyone agrees with those guidelines and women get a lot of conflicting advice, even from health care professionals, on when to start and how often to have mammograms.

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Now, women across California are being asked to volunteer for a breast cancer screening study that hopes to end the confusion. The project is called Wisdom and it’s being conducted by the University of California Health System. The Wisdom study aims to get 100,000 women to join.

Lisa Madlensky is program director and genetic counselor at Moores UC San Diego Cancer Center and one of the researchers working on the study at UC San Diego. She joined Midday Edition to discuss the Wisdom study and how women can participate.