Bipartisan Group Working To Overrule USPSTF On Mammograms

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Congressional Quarterly (9/2, Young, Subscription Publication) (9/2, Young, Subscription Publication) reports that a bipartisan group of legislators, including Reps. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), is working to “preserve free mammograms for women in their 40s,” a step that would “effectively reject” the US Preventive Services Task Force’s preliminary conclusion. Much of the debate surrounds the response to finding ductual carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which is “a prime driver of concerns about overdiagnosis, the task force said.” Unfortunately, “there’s no way of knowing which cases of DCIS will be harmless and which will turn deadly, said Joshua Cooper, senior director of government relations for the American College of Radiology.”