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. To ensure access to mammography, Congress delayed for two years any changes to insurance coverage based on these recommendations, while breast cancer experts vet the recommendations and the process by which they were created. Women ages 40-and-older, and their families, should continue to impress upon lawmakers and their health care providers that they want fully insured access to annual mammograms. 

SBI/ACR Responds to USPSTF Final Recommendations

Talking Points and Supporting Facts

Talking Points and Supporting Facts
Talking Points and Supporting Facts


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.” 

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

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Opinion: Annual Mammograms After 40 Should Remain Standard Of Care

Monday, January 4, 2016
Dr. January Lopez, 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.” 

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