ACR/SBI's Monticciolo Criticizes USPSTF Mammography Guidelines

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

In a letter-to-the-editor of the Washington Post (1/15, Monticciolo), Debra Monticciolo, chair of the Breast Imaging Commission of the American College of Radiology, criticized the US Preventive Services Task Force mammography guidelines. She wrote, “Congress is justified in delaying implementation of the task force’s recommendations so that breast cancer experts can review them and the process that created them.” According to Monticciolo, “Rushing into a policy that even its supporters admit could result in thousands of unnecessary deaths each year makes no sense for women, their providers or anyone else.” 

Women’s Health Care Advocates Speak out Against USPSTF for Finalizing Guidelines Despite Legislation Imposing a Two-Year Moratorium on Their Implementation

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A group of like-minded women’s health care organizations expressed their disappointment with the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF or Task Force) for finalizing its draft breast cancer screening recommendations in spite of 2015 legislation mandating a moratorium on implementation. The Task Force chose to publish its guidelines just weeks after Congress passed the legislation that would prevent the recommendations from going into effect until Jan. 1, 2018, adding another layer of confusion for women and physicians.

Radiologists Remain Scornful of USPSTF Mammo Guidelines

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

SBI Immediate Past President, Murray Rebner, MD, FSBI, SBI Board Member Jay Baker, MD, FSBI and SBI Members Rachel Brem, MD, FSBI, Avice O'Connell, MD, FSBI, Susan Harvey, MD, and Wendie Berg, MD, FSBI, warn that the final breast cancer screening guidelines, issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), will cause the deaths of thousands of women. 

USPSTF Releases Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
The United States Preventative Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) new guidelines on breast cancer screening received extensive media coverage, with major US newspapers, websites, and wires covering the story. The guidelines were also discussed on two of last night’s national news broadcasts. Much of the coverage focused on the confusion surrounding screening, as several different groups have their own recommendations regarding screening. Coverage also focused on several medical groups’ criticisms of the recommendations. 

USPSTF Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations Could Endanger Women

Monday, January 11, 2016
If followed, new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) breast cancer screening recommendations will result in thousands of unnecessary deaths each year and thousands more women enduring extensive and expensive treatment than if their cancer had been found early by an annual mammogram.

Talking Points and Supporting Facts

SBI/ACR Responds to USPSTF Final Recommendations