USPSTF Rejects Expanded Breast Screening Guidelines

by User Not Found | May 01, 2015
In a move that is already drawing fire from breast screening proponents, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in late April declined to expand its recommendation on which women should receive regular mammography screening, instead issuing a draft of new breast screening guidelines that are largely similar to its more conservative guidance from 2009.
In a move that is already drawing fire from breast screening proponents, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in late April declined to expand its recommendation on which women should receive regular mammography screening, instead issuing a draft of new breast screening guidelines that are largely similar to its more conservative guidance from 2009. The new guidelines recommend that women in their 50s only receive mammography screening every two years, rather than annually as is advocated by many women's health, oncology, and radiology groups. They also stop short of recommending screening for women in their 40s, repeating the task force's belief that the benefits of screening in this age group do not outweigh the purported harms of screening. USPSTF generated a firestorm of criticism in 2009 when it rescinded its previous recommendation that women ages 40 and older receive mammography exams every one to two years. In making the change, USPSTF at the time said it based its revision on a meta-analysis of the major randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of screening mammography.
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