New United States Preventive Services Task Force Guidlines on Breast Cancer Screening
Research by Lombardi's Jeanne Mandelblatt Contributes to Evidence
November 16, 2009
Guidelines for mammography and other breast cancer screening methods were updated on November 16
On Monday, November 16 the United States Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF), a brand of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), released updated guidelines for breast cancer screening.
One of the sources of evidence that the USPSTF used in their discussions about developing the new guidelines was a scientific modeling study conducted by researchers from CISNET, the NCI-funded Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network, of which Lombardi is a member. The lead author of this paper is Jeanne S Mandelblatt, MD, MPH, associate director of population sciences at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. The new guidelines and the CISNET study were published November 17 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Below, you will find information related to the new guidlines and the study by Mandelblatt and colleagues.
More information about the USPSTF Guidelines
US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations
Lombardi press release about Dr. Mandelblatt's paper
Annals of Internal Medicine website
Embargoed news from Annals of Internal Medicine (press release)
Ongoing Media Coverage of the New Guidelines
In Reversal, U.S. Urges Mammograms at 50, Not 40 (New York Times)
New Guidelines on Breast Cancer Draw Opposition (New York Times)
New Advice: Skip Mammograms In 40s, Start At 50 (Associated Press)
Less-Rigorous Guidelines for Breast-Cancer Screenings (Wall Street Journal)
Panel Backs Routine Mammograms At 50, Not 40 (National Public Radio)
Routine Mammograms Before 50: Not Much Point (US News & World Report)
Too Many Mammograms (Forbes)
Panel Puts Off Mammography until Age 50 (MedPage Today)
Startling New Mammogram Guidelines Incite Debate About Risk, Cost (Kaiser Health News)Author: Allison Whitney