September 18, 2018

New ACR Resources Debunk Mammography Misinformation

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has produced a series of high-definition (4K) patient and provider education videos that address common breast cancer myths, misconceptions and misinformation.

Available on the Mammography Saves Lives (MSL) YouTube playlist and on Mammography SavesLives.org, the downloadable videos are the centerpiece of the ACR National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) public education campaign.

The videos will help women and their families make more informed screening decisions by providing the facts on overdiagnosis, screening risks vs. benefits, screening and outcomes in underserved communities and other hot-button issues.

“We urge members to download the videos – or copy and use the embed code – and share them on your practice website, in emails to patients and referring providers and on social media,” said MSL Video Project Chair Debra Monticciolo, MD, FACR.

The ACR and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) have added or updated a number of MSL tools and resources to help explain the benefits and risks of getting, and not getting, annual mammograms to patients.

A downloadable infographic is available to help explain – to patients and referring providers – the actual risk of callback and biopsy related to annual screening. A downloadable brochure is available in English and Spanish to better explain how breast density can affect mammograms and breast cancer diagnosis.

Members can access the latest research to explain why the ACR and SBI continue to recommend that women begin getting annual mammograms at age 40, and why the ACR recommends a risk assessment by age 30 to see if earlier screening is needed.

“These new downloadable resources answer questions, clear confusion, and help women - and you - talk to referring doctors about when women should get screened for this deadly disease. Check out the new MammographySavesLives.org today!” said ACR Breast Imaging Commission Chair Dana H. Smetherman, MD, MPH, MBA, FACR.