Improvements In Breast Cancer Treatments Have Barely Changed Benefit Of Using Mammograms As Screening Tool, Study Suggests

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Los Angeles Times (1/12, Kaplan) “Science Now” reports that research suggests that with regard to “breast cancer, improvements in treatment have barely changed the benefit of using mammograms as a screening tool.” The research “explains that the value of early detection depends in part on the effectiveness of treatment.” The findings were published in Annals of Internal Medicine. 

USPSTF Releases Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
The United States Preventative Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) new guidelines on breast cancer screening received extensive media coverage, with major US newspapers, websites, and wires covering the story. The guidelines were also discussed on two of last night’s national news broadcasts. Much of the coverage focused on the confusion surrounding screening, as several different groups have their own recommendations regarding screening. Coverage also focused on several medical groups’ criticisms of the recommendations. 

USPSTF Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations Could Endanger Women

Monday, January 11, 2016
If followed, new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) breast cancer screening recommendations will result in thousands of unnecessary deaths each year and thousands more women enduring extensive and expensive treatment than if their cancer had been found early by an annual mammogram.

Talking Points and Supporting Facts

SBI/ACR Responds to USPSTF Final Recommendations

Regular Mammograms Benefit Elderly Women, Research Suggests

Friday, January 8, 2016

HealthDay (1/8, Preidt) reports that research published in the American Journal of Medicine suggests “regular mammograms benefit elderly women.” Investigators “analyzed Medicare data from 1995 to 2009 on more than 4,800 black women and more than 59,000 white women, all of whom were aged 69 or older.” The researchers found that “among women aged 75 to 84, those who had annual mammograms” had a lower likelihood of dying “from breast cancer over a 10-year period than those who had irregular or no mammograms.” 

Opinion: Annual Mammograms After 40 Should Remain Standard Of Care

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Dr. January Lopez, SBI member and director of Breast Imaging at Hoag Breast Cancer, argued in the Los Angeles Times (1/1) “Daily Pilot” that “despite new recommendations, the facts remain clear: breast cancer kills and screening saves lives.” Lopez wrote that along with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Radiology and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, “Hoag Hospital remains steadfast in our belief that annual mammograms starting at age 40 are the standard of care.”