August 25, 2011
In 2002, a U.S. government study found that women who used hormone therapy as a treatment for menopausal symptoms had an increased risk of developing breast cancer or heart disease, leading to a sharp drop in their use. This precipitated fewer visits to the doctor and fewer opportunities for reminders about mammograms, and, as a result, researchers found that mammography rates dropped in 2005 for the first time in nearly two decades. With fewer women over the age of 50 getting screened, health professionals fear that the small, easily treatable tumors that mammograms normally catch will go undetected and continue to grow bigger and deadlier. Follow the link below to read the full article at Bloomberg.