The Johns Hopkins Breast Center remains committed to caring for the screening needs of women at every age. We tailor our prevention services to each individual, and decisions on routine screening are made between patients and their physicians.
The study released by the United States Preventive Services Task Force will not change current practices at Johns Hopkins. We will maintain our recommendations that routine screening for women at average risk for cancer occurs annually from 40 years of age through 80, when it can be altered at that point. We also feel it is important to continue educating women about their bodies including the normal contours of the breast to promote awareness of breast health. We believe that when women are armed with knowledge about their breasts, they are more likely to report changes to their physician.
Again, please continue to schedule your mammograms annually, check your breasts, and let your physician know when changes occur.
Nagi Khouri, M.D., and Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S.
Johns Hopkins Breast Center