Senator: New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Sends Mixed Messages To Women

Friday, October 30, 2015
Kelly Ayotte, a Republican Senator from Nashua, New Hampshire writes in The Concord (NH) Monitor (10/30) about her concern over new breast cancer screening regulations and says “because of conflicting guidelines about breast cancer screenings, women are getting mixed messages” about when to get screened. Ayotte is a supporter of “the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s ‘Breast Cancer Deadline 2020’ – a national effort to end breast cancer by the year 2020.” 

SBI members respond to ACS guidelines

Friday, October 30, 2015
SBI Board Member, Jay Baker, MD, Chief of Breast Imaging at Duke University Medical Center, urges women to keep getting mammography screenings in his Letter to the Editor of the Charlotte Observer.

Listen: Dr. Murray Rebner addresses the ACS guidelines on the Paul W. Smith Show: The Society of Breast Imaging's Immediate Past President Dr. Murray Rebner talks to WJR's Paul W. Smith about the new breast cancer imaging guidelines.

Physicians Criticize ACS Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

Thursday, October 29, 2015

In a New York Times (10/29, Drossman, Port, Sonnenblick, Subscription Publication) op-ed, three physicians, Susan R. Drossman, Elisa R. Port, and Emily B. Sonnenblick, criticize the new American Cancer Society breast cancer screening guidelines. They write, “We and our many colleagues who are intimately involved in patient care will continue to recommend to women annual screening mammograms starting at age 40.” 

ACS Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Unlikely To Impact Coverage Of Screening For Breast Cancer, Experts Say

Monday, October 26, 2015
Kaiser Health News (10/24, Andrews) reported that “the American Cancer Society’s new breast cancer screening guidelines, recommend[ing] that women start screening later and get fewer mammograms...is unlikely to affect insurance coverage anytime soon.” These “guidelines on their own likely won’t change insurer and employer decisions regarding coverage of screening for breast cancer, experts agree.”

American Cancer Society Revises Its Mammogram Guidelines

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
News that the American Cancer Society (ACS) has revised its mammogram guidelines received extensive coverage, with all three of last night’s national news broadcasts covering the story, for a total of nearly nine minutes of coverage. The story also generated extensive coverage in print and online, with nearly every major US newspaper, website and wire offering coverage. Much of the coverage focuses on the differences between mammogram guidelines from different groups, and how these differences could lead to confusion among women. Many of the articles highlight that the American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging continue to recommend that women begin annual mammograms at age 40.