Brett T. Parkinson, MD


Mammograms Save Lives – If You’re 40 or Older You Should Be Screened Every Year

By Brett T. Parkinson, MD

In the United States, one in eight women will eventually develop the disease. 

Although thousands of women die each year of breast cancer, increasing numbers are surviving. 

This is due to both improved treatment and early detection.  Since 1990, the death rate from breast cancer has decreased by 35 percent. Much of this improvement is attributable to screening mammography. 

Mammograms Important for Women in Their 40s — Despite Recommendation from National Task Force

By Brett T. Parkinson, MD

The United States Preventative Task Force has confirmed what most breast cancer experts have known for thirty years--that annual screening mammography saves lives, beginning at the age of 40. This is in accordance with the guidelines of the American Cancer Society, The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Radiology and the Society for Breast Imaging.

Mammograms at age 40 still save lives

By Brett T. Parkinson, MD

As a full-time breast radiologist and the administrator who oversees the standards and qualifications of every mammography center in the United States, I am disappointed in recent news coverage of the Canadian National Breast Screening Study, a flawed research project that resurfaces every few years, grabbing headlines each time.