MPPR Rollback and Mammography Protections in Consolidated Appropriations Act: A Victory for Patients and Providers

Friday, December 18, 2015
The American College of Radiology (ACR) applauds Congress for including access to imaging care protections for the most sick and injured of Medicare beneficiaries and women seeking mammograms in the Consolidated Appropriations Act. The legislation was passed by the House and Senate today (Dec. 18). We call on the President to quickly sign the bill into law.

SBI response to U.K. study that found DCIS detected by screening suggests that detection and treatment of DCIS is worthwhile in prevention of future invasive disease

Monday, December 7, 2015
"Mammography screening began in the mid 1980's and soon after, for the first time in 50 years, the death rate from breast cancer began to fall.  As more and more women have participated in screening the death rate has now declined so that there are 36% fewer women dying each year than would have died had screening and improvements in therapy not been available.  The importance of early detection is seen in a study at two of the major Harvard Teaching hospitals where more than 70% of women who died from breast cancer, despite access to the latest therapies, were among the 20% of women who are not participating in screening.  There are no good national statistics on mammography and breast cancer deaths, but the Harvard study suggests that many of the 40,000 deaths from breast cancer that still occur each year are due to women not participating in screening.