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Thousands Respond to Call to Action against USPSTF Mammography Guidelines

Friday, November 20, 2015
The American College of Radiology (ACR) activated its grassroots Radiology Advocacy Network (RAN) Oct. 26 to support legislation that would establish a two-year moratorium delaying the implementation of U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) draft recommendations for screening mammography. Since its initial call to action, the RAN has garnered over 8,000 letters to Congress asking for support of the Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings (PALS) Act. In response, 18 additional House members and four more senators announced support for the bill. 

Thousands Respond to Call to Action against USPSTF Mammography Guidelines

Friday, November 20, 2015
The American College of Radiology (ACR) activated its grassroots Radiology Advocacy Network (RAN) Oct. 26 to support legislation that would establish a two-year moratorium delaying the implementation of U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) draft recommendations for screening mammography. Since its initial call to action, the RAN has garnered over 8,000 letters to Congress asking for support of the Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings (PALS) Act. In response, 18 additional House members and four more senators announced support for the bill. 

Thousands Respond to Call to Action against USPSTF Mammography Guidelines

Friday, November 20, 2015
The American College of Radiology (ACR) activated its grassroots Radiology Advocacy Network (RAN) Oct. 26 to support legislation that would establish a two-year moratorium delaying the implementation of U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) draft recommendations for screening mammography. Since its initial call to action, the RAN has garnered over 8,000 letters to Congress asking for support of the Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings (PALS) Act. In response, 18 additional House members and four more senators announced support for the bill. 

Former Rep. Gingrey Critical Of USPSTF Mammography Draft Recommendations

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
In an op-ed in The Hill (11/10), former US Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) criticizes the US Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendations on mammography. He points out that “according to the American College of Radiology (ACR), women in their 40s account for about 40 percent of the years of life lost to breast cancer and the most lives are saved with annual mammography beginning at age 40.” Gingrey argues, “I urge my former colleagues to pass the Protect Access to Lifesaving Screenings (PALS) Act (H.R. 3339 and S. 1926), bipartisan legislation that places a two-year moratorium on implementation of USPSTF breast cancer screening recommendations — so that we can analyze the research, arrive at a medical consensus, and save women’s lives.” 

SBI members continue to respond to the American Cancer Society's breast screening guidelines:

Thursday, November 5, 2015

SBI Fellow, Peter R. Eby, MD, Virginia Mason University, writes about how to understand the ACS breast cancer screening guidelines and answers frequently asked questions about mammography in a column published on The Fremocentrist.  

SBI Member, Anne C. Hoyt, MD, Medical Director of Breast Imaging at UCLA, wrote an op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times about why women should still regularly get mammograms. She wrote, "Clearly, women at high risk for developing breast cancer should be screened annually, but the flip-side assumption that women with no identifiable risk factors should be screened less frequently is incorrect."

SBI Fellow, Michael Linver, MD, told the Tribune-Star in Terre Haute, Indiana, the ACS has sent a confusing message to womenabout when to begin annual screenings. He says, "For these women to have the opportunity to have the breast cancer found when it was highly curable, versus when it’s not highly curable, is criminal to me.”

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