Guam – Senator Rory Respicio held a press conference on a bill that would mandate annual mammograms for women aged 40 and older who are clients of the medically indigent program.
The senator says that currently patients under the medically indigent program can’t get mamograms until they are at least fifty years of age. By requiring earlier mammograms Respicio hopes to improve the early detection of breast cancer. “In the end we believe as co-sponsors of this bill that preventative health care also results in saving money but more importantly saving lives,” said the senator. The American medical association recommends that all women over 40 receive annual mammograms as a preventative measure for breast cancer.