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Did Task Force Ignore Evidence on Mammograms?

admin - January 27, 2011

An article in the global news source, Reuters, reports that scientific proof of the lifesaving effects of mammograms were ignored when the controversial breast screening guidelines were issued in 2009.

Researchers Edward Hendrick of the University of Colorado and Dr. Mark Helvie of the University of Michigan Health System revisited the same models used by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the organization who issued the 2009 mammograms guidelines.

The researchers discovered that “annual mammograms starting at age 40 save 65,000 more women from breast cancer than mammograms done every other year in women 50 and older,” the article, entitled “New U.S. analysis backs annual breast screening,” by Julie Steenhuysen states.

With breast cancer being the second leading cause of death after lung cancer, these researchers and Dr. Carol Lee who chairs the American College of Radiology’s Breast Imaging Commission believe that these lifesaving facts far from insignificant.

In fact, the team calculated that getting annual routine mammograms starting at age 40 reduces the risk of death by breast cancer by 71% as compared to only 23% if a woman follows the task force recommendations.

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