Legacy Radiologist: Don't listen to flawed Canadian study - an annual mammogram can save your life

The Oregonian, Portland Business Journal

February 18, 2014

Legacy Breast Health Center - Good Samaritan radiologist, Dr. Kari Thomas recently sat down with The Oregonian and the Portland Business Journal to combat a study recently published in the British Medical Journal, which casts doubt on the value of mammograms. Dr. Thomas contends that the study could cause confusion and potentially put women's health in danger if they read this study and decide to stop getting mammograms.

Dr. Thomas said she was surprised the study received so much press, which has served to “perpetuate bad science that causes confusion for the public and medical community.”

The best way to beat breast cancer is to find it early. Nearly all women - 98 percent - survive breast cancer if it is found early, before it spreads. Mammography is the key to early detection. That's why Legacy Cancer Institute recommends annual mammograms starting at age 40.

Not convinced? Keep reading:

  • Regular mammograms reduce breast cancer deaths by roughly one third in women age 40 and older, according to the largest and longest running breast cancer screening studies in history
  • Mammograms cut the risk of dying from breast cancer almost in half, according to a recent study
  • Nearly one in five Legacy breast cancer patients are under 50
  • Breast cancer is less common in younger women, but it tends to be faster-growing. A new study has found that women in their 40s face a higher risk of death when cancers aren't found early.
  • Click here to read more about the fatally flawed British Medical Journal Study that's misleading women.

“We’ve made great strides in women’s health,” Thomas said. “To create artificial confusion is detrimental.”

To read the Oregonian story click here

To read the Portland Business Journal Story click here