The Radiology Business Journal (3/27, Walter) reports that research indicates that “screening mammography utilization dropped in 2010 after years of growth.” This “decline in utilization, the authors noted, seems to have been brought on by revised breast cancer screening guidelines released by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in 2009.” The researchers wrote, “The persistent decline in utilization rates, despite conflicting recommendations from the American College of Radiology, the American Cancer Society, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, suggests a lasting influence of the USPSTF guidelines.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
In continuing coverage, HealthImaging (3/26, O'Connor) reports, “The $1.3 trillion spending bill signed by President Trump” last week “included critical protections granted by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which ensures women who want to get regular mammograms keep insurance coverage with no copay.”
The Radiology Business Journal (3/26, Walter) reports that the ACR supported the decision with “a prepared statement.” The Journal adds, “Without the extension, the ACR noted, there could be more than 13,000 more breast cancer deaths annually in the U.S.” The ACR statement said, “This extension helps ensure insurers continue to cover annual mammograms for women starting at age 40.”
Aunt Minnie (3/23) reported that the budget bill signed into law last week by President Trump “includes protections for mammography screening, according to the” ACR. These protections “recognize – for insurance coverage purposes” – the 2002 USPSTF “guidelines that call for screening every one to two years starting at age 40...the ACR said.”
HealthDay (3/22, Preidt) reports that research indicates that “after American women began to adopt annual mammography screening in the 1980s...the average size of newly discovered breast tumors got smaller.” Researchers looked “at data on more than 386,000 US women who were diagnosed with breast cancer between 1983 and 2014.” The investigators found that “the average size of breast tumors at diagnosis fell 23 percent during that time – from 26 millimeters to 20 millimeters (1.02 to 0.79 inches).” The findings are to be presented Thursday at the European Breast Cancer Conference.
Aunt Minnie (3/21) reports that “Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) has signed the state’s breast density reporting bill.” Utah is the 32nd state in the US state to enact such a law.