Timothy Wilt, a member of the U. Preventive Services Task Force, defended the recommendation that most women don't need to get mammograms in their 40s and should get one every two years starting at age That recommendation runs counter to the American Cancer Society's long-held stance that women should get a yearly mammogram starting at age The task force's recommendations "were based on the most rigorous peer review of up-to-date, accurate information about the evidence about the harms and benefits of treatment," Wilt said on ABC's Good Morning America , the Associated Press reported.
Task Force Maintains That Fewer Mammograms Are Needed
Task Force Maintains That Fewer Mammograms Are Needed | Kaiser Health News
The task force, a federal advisory board, said this week that women should not begin routine mammograms until age 50, contradicting the well-established advice that women 40 and older should be screened. Komen for the Cure have opposed the new guidance. The task force first came together in and is the "leading independent panel of private-sector experts in prevention and primary care," according to its Web site. It has 16 participants -- here's the full list of members. According to the task force Web site, two members are affiliated with nonprofit health insurance entities. Calls to the task force were not immediately returned.
Breast Cancer Screening (PDQ®)–Health Professional Version
Background: In , the U. Preventive Services Task Force recommended biennial mammography screening for women aged 50 to 74 years and selective screening for those aged 40 to 49 years. Purpose: To review studies of the effectiveness of breast cancer screening in average-risk women. Study selection: English-language randomized, controlled trials and observational studies of screening with mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasonography that reported breast cancer mortality, all-cause mortality, or advanced breast cancer outcomes.
The final set of guidelines from the government panel supports a range of choices for women when it comes to breast cancer screening. They recommend women in their 50s get a mammogram every two years, but women in their 40s should weigh the pros of early detection against the cons of a false positive, which could bring anxiety and unnecessary medical treatment with it. The guidelines are already proving controversial as advocates and lawmakers back early screenings.