March 2013

March 29, 2013

SBI Comments on New Kopans Article in JACR
In an upcoming article in the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR), Dr. Daniel B. Kopans, M.D calls for the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) to withdraw a recent paper [1] that had suggested mammography screening was leading to massive "overdiagnosis" - cancers that would never become evident if they had not been detected by mammography.

Click here to read SBI's commentary on the Kopans' article

March 25, 2013

The ACR and SBI submitted joint comments this week to the National Coalition for Quality Assurance (NCQA) regarding its proposed changes to the 2014 HEDIS breast cancer screening measure. In a comment letter to NCQA ACR/SBI explained opposition to the proposed measure changes.

Click here to read the letter.

March 18, 2013

ACR, SBI Statement on JAMA/Kerlikowske et al Breast Cancer Screening Study
Kerlikowske et al, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, used obsolete clinical endpoints to assess effectiveness of modern mammography screening, is fundamentally flawed regarding participant selection in the two study groups (annually vs biennially), and does not include critical information that, should a biennial screening approach be adopted, thousands of women each year would die from breast cancer who otherwise would not.

Click here to read the entire joint statement

March 18, 2013

ACR, SBI Comments Regarding Brodersen and Siersma Study in Annals of Family Medicine
Brodersen and Siersma, like other studies prior, notes that patients experience anxiety regarding test results and that these differences decline over time. However, there are too many methodological questions and irregularities regarding this analysis to accept the authors’ conclusion that anxiety is worse or more prolonged than previous studies concluded.

Click here to read the full joint statement

Click here to read Dr. Daniel Kopans' commentary on Brodersen and Siersma Study