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Direct Link to the Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations That Have Been in the News

November 18, 2009

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Screening for Breast Cancer
Release Date: November 2009

The following bullet points are copy/pasted from the page, but more explanation of the recommendations and how “strong” they each are is available in the supporting documents.

Summary of Recommendations

  • The USPSTF recommends against routine screening mammography in women aged 40 to 49 years. The decision to start regular, biennial screening mammography before the age of 50 years should be an individual one and take patient context into account, including the patient’s values regarding specific benefits and harms.
  • The USPSTF recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 50 to 74 years.
  • The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the additional benefits and harms of screening mammography in women 75 years or older.
  • The USPSTF recommends against teaching breast self-examination (BSE).
  • The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the additional benefits and harms of clinical breast examination (CBE) beyond screening mammography in women 40 years or older.
  • The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the additional benefits and harms of either digital mammography or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) instead of film mammography as screening modalities for breast cancer.

I haven’t had time to read all of the supporting documents yet myself. I believe Christine is going to have something on this for Our Bodies Our Blog; will post the link when it’s available.

Added: Here’s C’s post at Our Bodies Our Blog, which I think she did a rather good job of.

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 18, 2009 8:15 am

    Thanks for this! Passing it on…

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