Physician Critical Of USPSTF Mammogram Recommendations

Thursday, April 23, 2015
The Salt Lake (UT) Tribune (4/23) reports, “Proposed government recommendations on when women should have mammograms are based on a ‘value judgment that has no basis in scientific fact,’ a Utah radiologist says.” The Tribune adds, “Brett Parkinson is the director of breast imaging at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray and chairman of the committee that accredits mammography programs for the American College of Radiology.” Parkinson criticizes the recommendations and says, “Mammography saves lives.” 

Physicians React to USPSTF Recommendations

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
MedPage Today (4/22) reports, “In reaffirming its position on breast cancer screening, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) received mixed but mostly unfavorable reviews from a small sample of practicing physicians responding to a MedPage Today request.” MedPage Today adds, “Representing radiologists, primary care physicians, and obstetrician/gynecologists, the respondents focused on the same two issues that have kept the USPSTF recommendation at the center of controversy: routine screening starting at age 50 and biennial screening, irrespective of age.” The article discusses the response from Davide Bova, MD, medical director of diagnostic radiology at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, and adds that “in his practice, radiologists follow recommendations supported by the American Cancer Society and American College of Radiology.” 

Dense Breast Notification Laws Add Complexity To Breast Cancer Screening Debate

Friday, April 17, 2015
In a 1,400-word story, Kaiser Health News (4/17) reports that “dense breast notification laws have added another layer of complexity to the long-running and often emotional debate over how best to screen women for breast cancer.” While “critics say the laws cause women unnecessary anxiety and can lead to higher costs and treatment that doesn’t save lives or otherwise benefit patients,” others have “hailed” the “laws...as empowering women to take charge of their own health.” 

Full Potential Of Screening Mammography Depends On The Interpretive Skills Of The Radiologists Who Read The Exams

Friday, April 17, 2015
Aunt Minnie (4/17) reports that while “screening mammography’s benefits have been shown in clinical trials...the full potential of the technology depends on the interpretive skills of the individual radiologists who read the exams, according to” research published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Aunt Minnie adds, “Measuring this skill requires the establishment of particular criteria, so that physicians whose performance is less than optimal can be identified and encouraged to get more training...wrote” the researchers.