“Mammogram Controversy Continues”
Currently, there are great debates over various screening tests for both men and women. Recent headlines spelled out the divergent opinions regarding the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test in men. A similar controversy concerns screening mammograms (breast x-rays) in females. Excluding skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in the United States, with 182,460 new cases diagnosed in 2008. Women can be confused with conflicting opinions on recommendations of yearly mammograms and monthly self-breast exams. These methods of detection are fairly good in detecting early stage cancer of the breast. Yet, definite diagnosis of a suspicious breast mass can only be established through fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB), core needle biopsy, or excisional biopsy.