Study: Increased Use Of Mammograms To Screen For Breast Cancer Has Not Saved Lives

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
The Los Angeles Times (7/7, Kaplan) “Science Now” blog reports that research published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that “the increased use of mammograms to screen for breast cancer has subjected more women to invasive medical treatments but has not saved lives.” Investigators “examined data from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results registry.”       

Members Of House GOP Doctors Caucus Want To Stop USPSTF From Finalizing Draft Recommendation On Mammography

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Congressional Quarterly (7/1, Young, Subscription Publication) reports that “members of the House GOP Doctors Caucus... want to stop the United States Preventive Services Task Force from finalizing its draft recommendation on mammography.” In a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, they wrote, “Should the USPSTF recommendations become finalized, they will have a chilling effect on coverage for diagnostic mammograms, jeopardizing the health of American women.”