Radiologist ‘frustrated’ by ACP’s new breast cancer screening guidelines

When the American College of Physicians (ACP) shared new breast cancer screening guidelines, recommending that women with no symptoms begin undergoing mammograms every other year at the age of 50, both professional imaging societies and individual radiologists came out against the decision.

NBC 5 in Chicago reached out to Sarah M. Friedewald, MD, chief of breast imaging at Northwestern Medicine, for her thoughts on these new recommendations. She answered that they left her feeling “frustrated, primarily, and surprised.”  

“What’s frustrating for us is these guidelines further muddy the waters and likely will have an effect on patients not getting screened when they should be,” Friedewald told NBC 5. She added that delaying breast cancer screening until the age of 50 does a disservice to patients.

“Our goal is to save as many lives as possible,” she said.

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