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The Latest USPSTF Mammogram Recommendations and Dense Breast Tissue Screening

With passion and empowerment, this episode is not just informative but a call to action for better healthcare policies and personal advocacy in breast cancer screening. So tune in, arm yourself with knowledge, and join Lisa in navigating the often confusing world of healthcare to ensure every woman gets the fighting chance she deserves at early breast cancer detection and treatment.

Host Lisa Malia, a breast cancer survivor, lifelong advocate for breast cancer screening awareness and the founder of For the Love of Cups dives deep into the recent updates from the United States Preventative Services Task Force regarding mammography standards, particularly focusing on the implications for women with dense breast tissue.

Lisa breaks down complicated medical standards into a few key takeaways to help interpret mammogram results, and offers guidance on advocating for better care. She discusses the critical changes to screening ages, the importance of additional screenings like ultrasounds for dense breast tissue, and the systemic barriers that often prevent timely and adequate care, especially for Black women who are disproportionately affected by breast cancer.


This is not medical advice. Work with your primary care provider to discuss your options and determine what is best for you.

KEY Takeaways

**3 Key Takeaways** from the live episode:

-**Updated Screening Guidelines:** The USPSTS has updated its recommendation, advising that mammogram screenings begin at age 40, shifting from their previous recommendation of starting at age 50.

**How This Will Affect People With Dense Breast Tissue:** A significant focus was placed on the necessity for proper notification regarding dense breast tissue, which affects 50% of individuals undergoing mammograms. Dense breast tissue not only increases the risk of breast cancer but also complicates the reading of mammograms, making follow-up screenings like ultrasounds or MRIs crucial.

Unfortunately the latest recommendations from USPSTF is not recommending further screenings beyond mammograms for dense breast tissue.

**Advocacy and Awareness:** Lisa stresses the need for clear communication and better policy implementation to ensure that every individual understands their mammogram results and knows the necessary follow-up steps. This is particularly vital for improving outcomes in underserved populations, highlighted by the heightened risk faced by black women.

The USPSTF is "calling for more evidence to better understand whether Black women could potentially be helped by different screening strategies."

Given that black women are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women and have higher rates of breast density, I would say that the evidence is already there. If we want to give everyone a fighting chance with early detection, adjunct screenings must be standardized. Breast ulstrasound or Breast MRI in addition to mammogram is key.

▶️ Tune into our full episode on our YouTube Channel to hear Lisa Malia as she breaks down these complex topics with clarity and offers practical advice for navigating the changing landscape of breast health screenings.

🤝 Join the conversation. Share your thoughts and experiences, and let's work together towards better care!


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