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Behind the Scenes and on Air with Ernie Anastos at Fox 5 NY

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Joan Lunden

Breast Cancer /

Yesterday I sat down with my long time friend, Ernie Anastos, on My Fox 5 NY to give him an update on how I've been doing, my new web-channel ALIVEwithJoan and to discuss important information about breast cancer. 

Recently the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force stated that women don't need to start going for their annual breast mammograms until age 50; I (along with many other women and top doctors) strongly disagree. To view the full article on this debate and to see my interview with Ernie, click below: 

Breast cancer debate: when to get a mammogram


The total number of breast cancer cases in the United States will increase 50 percent by 2030, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, an oncologist, says mammograms are the best line of defense. He says early detection is key. He strongly disagrees with new mammography recommendations released in the spring by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The task force, which is authorized by Congress, is an independent group of doctors and healthcare experts. The group recommended that women wait until age 50 instead of 40 to have their first mammogram and then receive them every two years after that.

Dr. Gaynor says the recommendation was based on outdated mammography data from the 1980s. He says the quality of the technology from the 1980s was inferior to current digital technology.

Categories: Breast Cancer, Joan's Blog
About The Author
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Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

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