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Monday, November 30, 2009

St. Francis MDs to tackle fed panel’s controversial mammogram position

INDIANAPOLIS – A panel of St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers cancer physicians will discuss how recently announced government recommendations on mammogram screenings for breast cancer may affect patients.

An informational meeting on that issue will be 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9, at St. Francis Hospital-Indianapolis, 5255 E. Stop 11 Road, Suite 305.

The breast cancer experts include Peter Garrett, M.D., (St. Francis Cancer Center Director and radiation oncologist), Denise Johnson Miller, M.D., (surgeon, St. Francis Medical Group), Michael Fisher, M.D. (radiologist, St. Francis Breast Cancer Center of Excellence) and Subhash Sharma, M.D. (medical oncologist, St. Francis Oncology & Hematology Specialists).

The panel will focus on breast cancer detection through mammograms, the value of self-examinations and treatment options. They also will address the recent controversial recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (Nov. 17), the group announced most women don’t need mammograms in their 40s and should get one every two years starting at 50

That recommendation was a break with the American Cancer Society’s long-standing position – and held by most physicians – that women should get screening mammograms starting at age 40.

The meeting is free to the public, but reservations are encouraged. To register, call 317-782-4422.

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