Newsmaker: Dr. David Fleiszer on breast exams
Published Monday, February 6, 2012 2:13PM EST
MONTREAL - New guidelines about how and when to screen women for breast cancer were supposed to clear up a potentially life-saving technique.
Instead they created outrage and confusion.
According to the Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care, only post-menopausal women should have mammograms every two to three years, that most women in their forties should not bother with mammograms, and that self-examinations have no clinical benefit.
Dr. David Fleiszer of the Cedars Breast Clinic says the recommendations make a lot of sense.
"If you look at the paper itself, the task force, i think, has done an extremely good job of analyzing the evidence that is available, and what they have written in the paper is that the evidence is not strong, and with the evidence that they have, they're making what they call themselves a weak recommendation," said Dr. Fleiszer.
For the full interview, click the video player to the right.