Imagine my surprise as I read the Nov. 22 front-page article about a new study disputing the efficacy of routine mammogram imaging [“Breast screens’ value disputed”]. Just one day earlier, my breast surgeon called to inform me that the two biopsies he had performed two days earlier showed cancer. The biopsies were based on my routine mammogram.
I have diligently scheduled annual mammograms for the past 15 years on the orders of my nurse practitioner. This time she suggested a 3-D mammogram, and I agreed. After receiving information that something in my right breast needed further study, I returned for another mammogram and an ultrasound. After looking at the images, my breast surgeon was pretty certain that one of two masses was a tumor.