AMA says all women “should be eligible” for screening mammography at age 40

CQ reports, “The American Medical Association adopted a policy at its annual meeting that says all women ‘should be eligible’ for screening mammography at age 40, taking a stand in a continuing debate over the benefits and drawbacks of certain preventive services.”

A few years ago, “the US Preventive Services Task Force caused an uproar when it recommended against routinely providing mammograms to healthy women before age 50 because there is some evidence that the net benefit is relatively small.”

CQ points out that “Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said afterward that the task force does not set government policy and that women across the country were worried and confused by the recommendation.”

MedPage Today reports, “A number of medical groups, including the American Cancer Society, the American College of Radiology , and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists disagreed with the USPSTF recommendations and said women younger than 50 benefit from having routine mammograms.”

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