Historically, arguments against screening older women have been based on the likelihood of other medical conditions being more likely than breast cancer to contribute to mortality.
A mammogram every two years to screen for breast cancer reduces the chance of dying from breast cancer among women aged 50 to 69 years. It is unclear if women aged 70 years and older get the same benefits. Continuing to have screening mammograms once you reach 70 is seen as an “option” about which there is a decision to make.
Thinking About Continuing Mammogram Screening for Breast Cancer? A Decision Aid for 70-Year-Old Women assists women think about whether they want to continue or stop having mammograms to screen for breast cancer. It has information about the issues one may want to consider in making this decision. The booklet also contains a worksheet and examples of how other people have made their decision.
"Thinking About Continuing Mammogram Screening for Breast Cancer? A Decision Aid for 70-Year-Old Women" was recently added to the Research-tested Interventions and Programs (RTIPs) repository. Its PI, Erin Mathieu would be delighted to answer your questions about the tool and how it could be implemeted in different settings.
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