Analysis Suggests Age 35 is Too Early to Begin Routine Screening Mammograms

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

HealthImaging (1/9) reports “in Ireland, national guidelines call for women to begin routine screening mammograms at 35 years old,” but that’s too early, “according to the authors of” an “analysis showing just 2.1 cancers per 1,000 symptomatic women aged 35 to 39 who were screened over a five-year period.” The findings were published online in Clinical Radiology. 

ACR, SBI: Jørgensen Et Al. Mammography Data Does Not Support Study Conclusions

Monday, January 9, 2017
Mammography overdiagnosis conclusions stated in Jørgensen et al., to be published Jan. 10, 2017 in Annals of Internal Medicine, are not supported by patient-specific data or even the data in the Jorgensen study as written.

Use of Mammography Increased Among Older Americans Under ACA, Study Indicates

Monday, January 9, 2017
On its website, CNN (1/9, Scutti) reports that the Affordable Care Act eliminated many out-of-pocket costs for preventive healthcare services such as mammography and colonoscopy, tests used to detect cancer. According to a new study published in Cancer, the use of mammography increased among older Americans thanks to the ACA, yet no similar gains in the use of colonoscopy were found. Dr. Gregory Cooper, lead author of the study and program director of gastroenterology at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, explained that the study was undertaken because researchers “wanted to see, as a natural experiment, what happens when you change the financial burden on preventive services.” Aunt Minnie (1/9, Barnes) also covers the story. 

Cancer Report Shows 25% Decline in Cancer Death Rates Since 1991

Friday, January 6, 2017
The Washington Post (1/5, McGinley) reports the American Cancer Society released its Cancer Statistics 2017 report, showing that cancer death rates are down 25% in the US from the 1991 peak, which it attributes “largely to reductions in smoking and improvements in the early detection and treatment of cancer.” Meanwhile men have a 20% higher rate than women and the mortality rate from cancer is 40% higher for men than women. That is explained by the greater incidence of lethal cancers in men, specifically liver cancer, and “cancers of the esophagus, larynx and bladder.” Overall, the most common cancers in men are “lung, colorectal and prostate,” while for women they are “lung, breast and colorectal cancers.” Black Americans also have a 15% higher cancer death rate than whites.

SBI, ACR Cheer Government’s Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Radiology leaders are hailing the breast cancer screening guidelines recently adopted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which require private insurers to cover regular mammograms for women ages 40 and older, who have an average risk of developing breast cancer, with no copay.