Thursday, April 13, 2017

Physicians Still Disagree Over When to Recommend Mammograms, Study Indicates

The Washington Post (4/10, Naqvi) reports that research indicates “primary-care physicians and gynecologists continue recommending breast cancer screening for younger and older women despite changes to breast cancer screening guidelines.” Researchers found that “trust in different guidelines and a physician’s specialization affect their screening recommendations.” The findings were published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

CNN (4/10, Howard) reports that researchers found that “many of the primary care physicians and gynecologists surveyed said they still recommended screening for women ages 40 to 44 last year.” CNN points out that “the US Preventive Services Task Force recommends biennial mammograms starting at 50 for all women.” Dr. Mitva Patel, a breast radiologist who was not involved in the paper, discussed mammogram recommendations, and “added that the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging both recommend yearly screenings for women 40 and older.”

TIME (4/10, Park) reports, “The findings point out that while the recommendations about breast cancer screening continue to evolve, so too do doctors’, and patients’ decisions about screening.” According to Time, “For now, most health groups are learning toward a more personalized approach.”

Also covering the story are Yahoo! Beauty (4/10, Capetta), Healthline (4/10, Mills), HealthDay (4/10, Thompson), Diagnostic Imaging (4/10), Healio (4/10), Aunt Minnie (4/10), and Medscape (4/10, Jenkins). 


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