Panel Blasts Mammogram Guidelines
Radiologists: Breast Screenings Should Continue to Begin at Age 40
USPSTF Says Its Message Could Have Been Better Communicated
Meanwhile at a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health
hearing in Washington today, Diana Petitti, MD, MPH, vice chair of the USPSTF,
acknowledged that "the expertise of this panel has been called into
But, she adds, radiologists were "consulted and reviewed the recommendations
and provided input."
Petitti and another member of the Task Force told the hearing that their
message could have been better communicated and that and it wasn't saying women
under 50 shouldn't have mammograms.
The Task Force wanted to convey that women should still talk with their
doctors and let young women know that for them, the risks of mammography may
outweigh the benefits, Petitti said.