During a recent interview SBI Member Donna Plecha, MD, Director of Breast Imaging at University Hospitals urged women to begin screening at age 40, despite the USPSTF's recommendations, "I disagree. I really think that many studies have shown that mammography saves lives in women between the ages of 40 and 49. My fear is that death rates from breast cancer will go up in that age group if they don't get screened."
SBI Board Member, Daniel B. Kopans, MD, FSBI, explains why there are problems with the USPSTF breast screening recommendations and how the new guidelines could affect women in an op-ed published on Forbes.com.
In a letter-to-the-editor of the Washington Post (1/15, Monticciolo), Debra Monticciolo, chair of the Breast Imaging Commission of the American College of Radiology, criticized the US Preventive Services Task Force mammography guidelines. She wrote, “Congress is justified in delaying implementation of the task force’s recommendations so that breast cancer experts can review them and the process that created them.” According to Monticciolo, “Rushing into a policy that even its supporters admit could result in thousands of unnecessary deaths each year makes no sense for women, their providers or anyone else.”