Cedars-Sinai Breast Cancer Expert Discusses Latest Mammogram Guidelines and Controversy in New Video

Article ID: 645899

Released: 11-Jan-2016 3:00 PM EST

Source Newsroom: Cedars-Sinai

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In a new video posted today, breast cancer expert Catherine Dang, MD, explains the controversy surrounding the revised breast cancer screening guidelines issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. For the past decade, women have struggled with conflicting recommendations about breast cancer screening. Some medical experts advise beginning routine mammogram screening at age 40, but the task force is now recommending women delay the screening until 50. The task force also recommends women undergo mammograms every two years instead of annually. In the video, Dr. Dang gives her opinion on the new recommendations, published today by the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Dang also is available Jan. 11 and 12 for media interviews about the task force’s new guidelines.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/xBcGtcaoDmM WHO: Dang, associate director of the Wasserman Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Program in Cedars-Sinai’s Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, is an expert in treating benign and malignant breast tumors. WHEN: Dang’s video is available now on the Cedars-Sinai YouTube channel. Additionally, Dang is available Jan. 11 and 12 for interviews in-person or on the phone. CONTACT: For more information and to arrange interviews, please contact Diane Wedner at 310-248-6608 or diane.wedner@cshs.org

***Catherine M. Dang, MDAssociate Director, Wasserman Breast Cancer Risk Reduction ProgramSurgeon, Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center - A Project of Women's Guild

Catherine M. Dang, MD is Associate Director of the Wasserman Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Program and a surgeon in the Department of Surgery and the Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center at Cedars-Sinai. She is expert in treating both benign and malignant diseases of the breast and in performing minimally invasive, diagnostic procedures. She also has expertise in surgical management of breast disease and breast conserving surgery.

Dr. Dang is board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Surgery with additional certification in Surgical Critical Care. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and of the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute.

Funded by the Plastic Surgery Education Foundation in 2002, Dr. Dang has conducted research on scarless wound healing and has presented her results at numerous surgical meetings. She has also co-authored numerous studies in the American Journal of Pathology, Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, and Journal of Pediatric Surgery. Her current research focus involves improved diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer as well as breast cancer risk reduction.

Dr. Dang graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and received her medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed her general surgery residency at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. She then completed her surgical critical care and breast surgical oncology fellowships at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.


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