June 27th, 2012

US Mammograms Decline After Task Force Recommendation, Mayo Clinic Finds

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Preventive mammography rates in women in their 40s have dropped nearly 6 percent nationwide since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against routine mammograms for women in this age group, a Mayo Clinic analysis shows. That represents a small but significant decrease since the controversial guidelines were released, the researchers say…"The 2009 USPSTF guidelines resulted in significant backlash among patients, physicians and other organizations, prompting many medical societies to release opposing guidelines," says co-author Nilay Shah, Ph.D., a researcher at the Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.

Additional coverage: Medical Xpress

 

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Dr. Nilay Shah, mammograms, Research, Science Codex, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

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