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The release of new mammogram screening guidelines

The United States Preventive Services Task Force announced on November 16, 2009 that the recommendations for Breast Cancer Screenings should change.  It is posted on the USPSTF website as follows:

"Summary of Recommendations

* The USPSTF recommends against routine screening mammography in women aged 40 to 49 years. The decision to start regular, biennial screening mammography before the age of 50 years should be an individual one and take patient context into account, including the patient's values regarding specific benefits and harms.
Grade: C recommendation.


* The USPSTF recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 50 to 74 years.
Grade: B recommendation.


* The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the additional benefits and harms of screening mammography in women 75 years or older.
Grade: I Statement.


* The USPSTF recommends against teaching breast self-examination (BSE).
Grade: D recommendation.


* The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the additional benefits and harms of clinical breast examination (CBE) beyond screening mammography in women 40 years or older.
Grade: I Statement.


* The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the additional benefits and harms of either digital mammography or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) instead of film mammography as screening modalities for breast cancer.
Grade: I Statement."

The American Cancer Society made a statement online yesterday disagreeing with these new guidelines.


Two very prominent Breast Cancer experts, Dr. Susan Love,   and Dr. Marisa Weiss were discussing their opposing viewpoints on Good Morning America today.

For More Information: Read Dr. Susan Love's blog or Dr. Marisa Weiss's words on their websites.

Comments

  • susan 4 years ago

    Anyone worried about breast cancer should know about the connection between this condition and vitamin D deficiency. Over two years ago the Canadian Cancer Society started recommending that everyone take vitamin D to prevent cancer. Take a look at www.vitaminD3world.com for the data. The site also has a good newsletter

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