SBI Board Member Dr. Dan Kopans Debated Dr. Jha in New York for Medscape

Friday, January 20, 2017

SBI Board Member Dr. Dan Kopans, FSBI, debates Dr. Saurabh Jah about the importance of screening mammography and the problem with claims about the overdiagnosis of breast cancer. 

Recent Study Contributes to “Confusion” Over Mammograms

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

In continuing coverage, USA Today (1/13, Painter) reported that research “suggested one in three breast cancers found through the screening tests are ‘overdiagnosed’ – meaning they never would have threatened a woman’s life but still led to treatments such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.” The findings were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The article discussed the “confusion” surrounding mammograms, to which studies like this contribute, with some physicians “[saying] their patients have started to tune out the noise.” USA Today points out that “the American College of Radiology recommends annual mammograms starting at age 40.” 

Analysis Suggests Age 35 is Too Early to Begin Routine Screening Mammograms

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

HealthImaging (1/9) reports “in Ireland, national guidelines call for women to begin routine screening mammograms at 35 years old,” but that’s too early, “according to the authors of” an “analysis showing just 2.1 cancers per 1,000 symptomatic women aged 35 to 39 who were screened over a five-year period.” The findings were published online in Clinical Radiology. 

ACR, SBI: Jørgensen Et Al. Mammography Data Does Not Support Study Conclusions

Monday, January 9, 2017
Mammography overdiagnosis conclusions stated in Jørgensen et al., to be published Jan. 10, 2017 in Annals of Internal Medicine, are not supported by patient-specific data or even the data in the Jorgensen study as written.

Use of Mammography Increased Among Older Americans Under ACA, Study Indicates

Monday, January 9, 2017
On its website, CNN (1/9, Scutti) reports that the Affordable Care Act eliminated many out-of-pocket costs for preventive healthcare services such as mammography and colonoscopy, tests used to detect cancer. According to a new study published in Cancer, the use of mammography increased among older Americans thanks to the ACA, yet no similar gains in the use of colonoscopy were found. Dr. Gregory Cooper, lead author of the study and program director of gastroenterology at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, explained that the study was undertaken because researchers “wanted to see, as a natural experiment, what happens when you change the financial burden on preventive services.” Aunt Minnie (1/9, Barnes) also covers the story.