A sort of apology from U.S. Preventative Task Force on mammogram recommendation - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/2/09

A sort of apology from U.S. Preventative Task Force on mammogram recommendation

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The controversy over new mammogram recommendations is not over yet.  Wednesday, on Capitol Hill, a house subcommittee discussed  last week's recommendation from the U.S. Preventative Task Force, that women get mammograms less often and later in life since breast cancer is not as common in women before age 50.  Remember that suggestion left millions of women angry and confused.

"We recognize the communication of our findings was poor," said Ned Colange, Chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Meanwhile, at their annual meeting in Chicago today, radiologists, who are trained to read mammograms, highlighted several studies showing that the death rate from breast cancer has dropped 30% after routine mammograms began in the mid '80s.

"We're the ones who spent our careers working with this working with mammography, doing the research, doing the tests and we have the evidence to prove this is a very valuable test," said Dr. Mary Mahoney, a radiologist.

The American Cancer Society says it will not change its recommendations, suggesting women begin routine mammogram screening by age 40.

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