Thursday, June 25, 2015

Physicians Concerned About USPSTF’s New Mammogram Guidelines

The Los Angeles Daily News (6/24) reports physicians “say more women are becoming confused by federal guidelines that tell them that if they are not at risk and under 50, they don’t need mammograms or other cancer-prevention screenings.” Last month, the US Preventive Services Task Force “released draft recommendations on mammograms for women that include letter grades beside each guideline. For example, they issued a ‘B’ grade for mammograms every two years for women 50 to 74 years old but a ‘C’ for mammography for women younger than 50.” While the guidelines are still under review, “physicians say aside from adding to the public’s confusion about preventive screening, the recommendations that receive ‘C’ grades could lead to insurance companies dropping coverage of mammograms for women under 50.” 

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