By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, September 08 2010 @ 08:28 PM EDT
Dr. Marina Jacobson
With National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Approaching, Jacobson Shares Her Personal Story
When the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force announced its recommendations for new guidelines in breast health in late 2009, Dr. Marina Jacobson, an Englewood-based board-certified OB/GYN, reacted the way most of her colleagues did – with equal parts disbelief and outrage. The guidelines, which recommended that women start mammograms at age 50 (instead of age 40), that mammograms be done every two years (instead of every year) and also suggested that self breast examinations are no longer needed, run counter to the real-life experiences of thousands of patients and physicians, including Jacobson, who recently discovered her own family history of breast cancer.