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Friday, April 21, 2017

Former SBI President Debra Monticciolo Defends Annual Mammography Screening Starting at Age 40

DOT Med News (4/19, Mitchell) reports on the current state of the debate over “what age women should be screened for breast cancer, and how often.” Dr. Debra Monticciolo, chair of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Breast Imaging Commission, said, “The ACR is not aware of any information that would cause us to change our recommendation that average-risk women begin annual mammography screening at age 40.” The US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends “biennial screenings starting at age 50.” In addition to the ACR, “the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, The Society for Breast Imaging, and 81 percent of other primary care physicians surveyed (family and internal medicine)” all favor “screenings starting at age 40.” Monticciolo added, “An analysis published in the American Journal of Roentgenology showed that if USPSTF breast cancer screening guidelines were followed, approximately 6,500 additional women each year in the U.S. would die from breast cancer.” 

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