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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Forbes Contributor: USPSTF Does Not Include Any Oncologists, Radiologists

Forbes (1/13) contributor Dr. Elaine Schattner writes, “Soon the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) will issue a new draft of recommendations for breast cancer screening in women.” According to Dr. Schattner, “the USPSTF does not include an oncologist, a radiologist, a cancer surgeon, a pathologist or radiation oncologist – specialists who are typically involved in the diagnosis and care of women with breast cancer.” Dr. Schattner writes, “I think that at least one oncologist (or, better, a handful in a panel of 16 for breast cancer screening guidelines) and radiologist would offer insight – if not the last word – on the potential benefits, physical harms and costs of breast cancer screening by old-fashioned, digital or 3-D mammography, sonography, MRI and breast self-examination.” 
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