USPSTF recommendations have led to decline in mammography in younger women

The New York Times “Well” blog reports, “In the year after” the United States Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) “recommendations that women delay regular breast cancer screenings until age 50, the number of women in their 40s undergoing mammograms slightly declined,” according to a study presented at a research meeting of Academy Health.

Researchers “found a drop of roughly six percent in the number of mammograms among these younger women, a change that the researchers called modest but still significant.”

Meanwhile, although “the panel had recommended that older women get a mammogram every other year rather than yearly up to age 74, the number of mammograms among women ages 50 to 64 remained fairly steady, the study found.”

These findings were presented at a medical conference. They should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the “peer review” process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.

 

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