Physicians Who Refer Patients to Mammography Screening May Be Affected by Their Own Specialty’s Guidelines on Breast Exams, Study Suggests

Monday, August 22, 2016

Aunt Minnie (8/19) reports that research indicated “physicians who refer patients to mammography screening are affected by their own specialty’s guidelines on breast exams.” This is “a phenomenon that patients need to understand to make truly informed decisions about breast cancer screening, wrote” the researchers. The findings were published online in the American Journal of Roentgenology. The article points out that prior to “2009, the American College of Radiology (ACR), the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the American College of Physicians (ACP) all recommended starting screening at age 40, with an interval of one to two years.” 

Turning To Internet, Social Media For Information About Breast Cancer Treatment May Help Patients Feel Good About Choice Of Therapy

Friday, July 29, 2016

HealthDay (7/28, Dotinga) reports that research indicated “women who communicated via social media after a breast cancer diagnosis and received information and/or support about treatment approaches were happier with their ultimate decisions.” The findings were published in JAMA Oncology.


Worth the Wait?

Friday, July 1, 2016
The clock is ticking on a two-year moratorium on changes to insurance coverage for breast cancer screening, as outlined in the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) 2016 final draft recommendations. For private insurers, this means they will continue to follow the task force's 2002 recommendations, which state that women 40 years of age and older should undergo screening mammograms every one to two years. For women, this move keeps the window open for more accessible screening mammography.

Cancer Expert: What's Missing From Obama's National Cancer Moonshot

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A Cancer expert, Dr. Brian Bolwell of the Cleveland Clinic, says the National Cancer Moonshot, President Barack Obama's plan to eliminate cancer, needs to focus more on the importance of the early detection of cancer. 

SBI Member Dr. Etta Pisano to Represent Medical Imaging at Cancer Moonshot National Summit

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

SBI member and renowned radiology researcher Etta Pisano, MD, FSBI, will represent the medical imaging community at the June 29 National Summit for the National Cancer Moon Shot Initiative in Washington. The daylong conference is intended to galvanize the Obama Administration’s push to double the pace of research toward curing cancer through the $1 billion National Cancer Moonshot initiative.