Opinion: Annual Mammograms After 40 Should Remain Standard Of Care

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Dr. January Lopez, SBI member and director of Breast Imaging at Hoag Breast Cancer, argued in the Los Angeles Times (1/1) “Daily Pilot” that “despite new recommendations, the facts remain clear: breast cancer kills and screening saves lives.” Lopez wrote that along with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Radiology and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, “Hoag Hospital remains steadfast in our belief that annual mammograms starting at age 40 are the standard of care.” 

MPPR Rollback and Mammography Protections in Consolidated Appropriations Act: A Victory for Patients and Providers

Friday, December 18, 2015
The American College of Radiology (ACR) applauds Congress for including access to imaging care protections for the most sick and injured of Medicare beneficiaries and women seeking mammograms in the Consolidated Appropriations Act. The legislation was passed by the House and Senate today (Dec. 18). We call on the President to quickly sign the bill into law.

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. 

Sandra Lee: I'm cancer-free thanks to early detection

Monday, November 2, 2015
TV personality, author and philanthropist Sandra Lee criticizes the American Cancer Society's guidelines for breast cancer screening in an Op-Ed published in the New York Post. She writes, "how, in good conscience, can anyone be expected to look at a daughter, a niece, a sister or a friend and tell them to take their chances until they are 45? Not me — not my family. These new guidelines will almost surely cost some women their lives." Lee is a breast cancer survivor and underwent a double mastectomy in May.