PHILADELPHIA, July 21, 2011 – State Sen. Larry Farnese today lauded a new study  that recommends offering all women in their 40s the chance to get annual screenings for breast cancer.

The new recommendations, from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) are based on the chances of catching an early cancer and the risks inherent in any screening.  Other organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Comprehensive Cancer  network agree.

Senator Farnese, Philadelphia breast cancer specialists from Thomas Jefferson University and breast cancer survivors last year criticized a  study by the United States Preventative Services Task Force that stated that women in their 40s do not need a mammogram and that self-examinations hold no value.   Senator Farnese at that time introduced a Senate resolution urging Congress not to follow those recommendations.

“Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death among Pennsylvania women, and it is imperative that it is caught early,” said Senator Farnese.

Experts agree that one in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime and that women should discuss the possible benefits and risks with their doctors.   “Many doctors agree that if women wait until age 50 to have a mammogram,  there is a risk of reversing the decade-long decline in deaths caused by breast cancer,” said Senator Farnese.

The ACOG news release is available at