• call for care 214.379.2700

    Choice Cancer Care is here for you 9AM – 5PM Monday – Friday

    Inquiring after hours? Complete our contact form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

    Call

  • Patientportal

    Access Your Portal To Health at Choice Cancer Care.

    Learn more about becoming a CCC Patient, including insurance information and patient rights, or login to access your personal portal for in-depth information about your health.

    LoginSign UpLearn More

  • get a second opinion

    Recent Diagnosis? Gain Confidence With A Second Opinion.

    Find out what to ask your doctor, what a second opinion could mean for you, and take the steps to get you on the right path to treat your cancer.

    Complete this form for a no obligation consultation:







    captcha

  • certified

    Choice Cancer Care is proud to be recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) for excellence in quality, and safety in the administration of cancer care.

    Learn More

New Mammogram Screening Guidelines Ill Advised, Many Say

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force’s recommendations to change protocols for routine mammograms has sent shockwaves through the medical community. That organization is recommending that guidelines change to state that women between the age of 50 and 74 years of age should receive biannual mammogram screenings. The change would essentially lift the recommendation that all women age 40 to 49 receive annual mammograms. This, in turn, could result in thousands of women in the vulnerable 40- to 49-year-old age group finding out their screenings are no longer covered by insurance.

While the stated intent of the recommendation is to lower what the task force sees as an “over-diagnosis” rate, many doctors fear threatening mammogram coverage will result in unnecessary deaths due to breast cancer going untreated. The American Cancer Society, in fact, has issued new screening recommendations that are built on the premise that annual screenings of women starting at age 40 saves lives.

Congress has delayed acting on the task force’s recommendation for a time. That means insurance companies under the ACA are still bound to pay for this life-saving screening. The hope is that the delay will give breast cancer experts a chance to review the recommendations and the process used to create them.

In the meantime, advocates of early screening are urging women to take advantage of mammogram coverage. It is estimated that 246,000 American women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States this year. About 40,000 women will die from the disease. The fear of some breast cancer experts is that the diagnosis rate will drop if mammogram coverage is denied and mortality rates will spike.

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force is also responsible for recent changes in the screening protocol for prostate cancer. The once commonly used prostate-specific antigen test has been taken off the table as a routine screen for many men since the task force raised concerns about its false positive rate.

How soon Congress will act on the breast cancer recommendations remains unclear. As it stands, all women age 40 and over are urged to undergo annual mammogram screenings. Early detection of breast cancer can and does save lives.

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force’s recommendations to change protocols for routine mammograms has sent shockwaves through the medical community. That organization is recommending that guidelines change to state that women between the age of 50 and 74 years of age should receive biannual mammogram screenings. The change would essentially lift the recommendation that all women age 40 to 49 receive annual mammograms. This, in turn, could result in thousands of women in the vulnerable 40- to 49-year-old age group finding out their screenings are no longer covered by insurance.

While the stated intent of the recommendation is to lower what the task force sees as an “over-diagnosis” rate, many doctors fear threatening mammogram coverage will result in unnecessary deaths due to breast cancer going untreated. The American Cancer Society, in fact, has issued new screening recommendations that are built on the premise that annual screenings of women starting at age 40 saves lives.

Congress has delayed acting on the task force’s recommendation for a time. That means insurance companies under the ACA are still bound to pay for this life-saving screening. The hope is that the delay will give breast cancer experts a chance to review the recommendations and the process used to create them.

In the meantime, advocates of early screening are urging women to take advantage of mammogram coverage. It is estimated that 246,000 American women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States this year. About 40,000 women will die from the disease. The fear of some breast cancer experts is that the diagnosis rate will drop if mammogram coverage is denied and mortality rates will spike.

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force is also responsible for recent changes in the screening protocol for prostate cancer. The once commonly used prostate-specific antigen test has been taken off the table as a routine screen for many men since the task force raised concerns about its false positive rate.

How soon Congress will act on the breast cancer recommendations remains unclear. As it stands, all women age 40 and over are urged to undergo annual mammogram screenings. Early detection of breast cancer can and does save lives.

Cancer Screening Guidelines

Screening can help doctors discover and treat some types of cancer early. Usually, cancer treatment is more effective when the disease is detected in its early stages and there could be a better chance of curing the cancer. Some...

Learn More

Save Your Hair During Chemo

We offer the Chemo Cold Caps Solution for patients seeking to save their hair while undergoing chemotherapy.  The Chemotherapy Cold Caps program can be accessed at any of our North Texas clinics. At Choice Cancer Care we know that being diagnosed with...

Learn More

Learn About Your Options

Your journey with cancer is influenced by several factors. These factors include your overall condition, the specific characteristics of your cancer, and whether the goal of treatment is to eradicate your cancer, stop your cancer from spreading to other areas...

Learn More