On October 20, 2015 the American Cancer Society released a new set of breast cancer screening guidelines. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, these guidelines now recommend women begin mammography at age 45 instead of 40. “When one reads the fine print, though, the ACS article states mammograms should be available to women between the ages of 40 and 45 if they want one. I don’t see why they don’t make a strong statement one way or the other and state why they do so. It seems to me they are unwilling to stand tall and make a call – they seem to vacillate on the issue, alternatively suggest looking at a woman’s particular risk factors, and seem to forget that 75 percent of women who get breast cancer have no identifiable risk factors, so to me, that statement makes no sense,” says Dr. Ulissey
KOMO, an ABC affiliate in Seattle, interviewed Breast Diagnostic Center’s Dr. Mike Ulissey regarding the guidelines. Dr. Ulissey is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology and is known internationally as a leader in breast imaging. He is in direct disagreement with the ACS guidelines and believes women should begin annual screening mammograms at 40. “There is a plethora of scientific evidence that shows women should begin screening at age 40 and continue as long as they are healthy,” he is quoted as saying.