USPSTF Mammography Screening Recommendations April 20, 2015 What do they mean?

The United States Preventative Services Task Force is now recommending

screening mammograms every 2 years between the ages of 50-74 and

no screening for women between 40-49 years of age.

Are you aware of what your Doctor’s medical organizations are recommending?

See below and find out………..

The American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging announced yesterday with a joint statement that said the recommendation to not screen women 40 to 49, if implemented, “would result in thousands of additional and unnecessary breast cancer deaths each year. Thousands more women would experience more extensive and expensive treatments than if their cancers were found early by a regular mammogram.”

Did you know that the Affordable Care Act requires level B evidence or higher to support coverage, ACR/SBI officials maintain that USPSTF recommendation would essentially exclude large groups of women from coverage to which they would otherwise have been entitled: women 40 to 49 who want screening mammography at regular intervals and older women who want annual rather than biennial screening.

From http://www.medpagetoday.com/HematologyOncology/BreastCancer/51096

http://www.acr.org 

The Canadian Association of Radiologists Supports Breast Cancer Screening for Women in their 40s

OTTAWA, ON (April 21, 2015) – The Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) issued a statement today in response to updated screening recommendations released by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on April 20, 2015. In its statement, the CAR reiterates its recommendation that women ages 40-49 be screened yearly for breast cancer and those ages 50-74 be screened every one to two years, as outlined in the CAR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards for Breast Imaging and Intervention.

Read the entire statement at http://car.ca/uploads/news%20publications/car_statement_breast_screening_recommendation_20150421.pdf.

 

 

 

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