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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Presenting Information to Patients About “Harms” of Prostate and Breast Cancer Screening May Reduce Their Interest in Screening Exams

Aunt Minnie (1/26, Yee) reports that research indicates “presenting information to men and women about...’harms’ of prostate and breast cancer screening significantly diminishes their interest in screening exams.” The research, published in the Annals of Family Medicine, “presents the results of an evaluation of interventions developed to help patients ‘consider and trust’ the 2009 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on breast screening for women in their 40s, as well as the 2012 recommendations against prostate cancer screening, according to the authors.” Aunt Minnie adds, “The problem with research like the current study is that it’s risky to use the USPSTF’s guidance as a gold standard for screening protocols, according to Dr. Debra Monticciolo, chair of the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) breast imaging commission.” Dr. Monticciolo told AuntMinnie.com, “Regarding mammography screening, the task force has not had any breast imaging experts on its panel.” She added, “And if task force information is being presented as all the evidence, that’s scary.” 

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