Breast Self-Exam and Imaging: Sorting Out the New Recommendations

SCOTCH PLAINS – There was a firestorm last year when the federal Preventive Services Task Force changed its recommendations about mammograms and self-exam. So what are women supposed to do?

RWJ Rahway surgeon James Frost will help you sort out the recommendations at a free program Monday April 26 at 7 p.m. at the RWJ Rahway Fitness & Wellness Center in Scotch Plains.


The program, “Breast Self-Exam and Imaging: Do I Need It? Do I Want It?” is free and open to the community. For more information or to reserve a place, call 1-732-499-6193. The RWJ Rahway Fitness & Wellness Center is located at 2120 Lamberts Mill Road, Scotch Plains.

Last year, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that most women start regular breast cancer screening at age 50, not 40. Those recommendations, which do not apply to a small group of women with unusual risk factors for breast cancer, reversed longstanding guidelines and were aimed at reducing harm from over treatment. The group also said women age 50 to 74 should have mammograms less frequently — every two years, rather than every year.

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