Ignore the mammogram naysayers and get screened for breast cancer

To the editor: Dr. H. Gilbert Welch is misinformed about the benefits of screening mammography. ("When screening is bad for a woman's health," op-ed, July 19) The truth is, mammography saves lives. In fact, the most lives are saved when women are screened every year beginning at age 40. There has been a 35% decrease in deaths in women who have been screened in the U.S. since the 1990s. Yes, mammography is not perfect. However, women are strong. We want to survive despite moments of anxiety. Three-D mammography, which Welch implies has questionable benefits, actually decreases false positives associated with mammography while simultaneously increasing cancer detection....