USPSTF Draft Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Don't Go Far Enough

April 23, 2015 3:26 PM

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Five years after the USPSTF's controversial 2009 breast cancer screening recommendations, the USPSTF has come to remarkably similar conclusions recommending biannual mammography screening for women ages 50-74 and stating that for women in their 40s the decision for routine screening mammography is a personal one. This even at a time when evidence is mounting that mammography screening is failing to meet our hopes of improving and extending women's lives.

In recent years, researchers have elucidated the magnitude of harms and scant evidence of benefits of population-level mammography screening for average-risk women. Not only does this research show that the presumed benefits of mammography screening (reducing deaths from breast cancer) have been ove...

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