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
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

Federal task force makes radical change in breast cancer screening guidelines (Washington Post)

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)

New U.S. guidelines: routine mammograms start at 50 (Reuters)

Report: Mammograms may not be needed until age 50 (USA Today)

Stop Annual Mammograms, Govt. Panel Tells Women Under 50 (ABC News)

Less-Rigorous Guidelines for Breast-Cancer Screenings (Wall Street Journal)

Task force opposes routine mammograms for women age 40-49 (CNN)

Panel Backs Routine Mammograms At 50, Not 40 (National Public Radio)

Panel: Screening Mammograms Should Start at 50 (WebMD)

Routine Mammograms Before 50: Not Much Point (US News & World Report)

Too Many Mammograms (Forbes)

Guidelines Push Back Start of Mammograms to Age 50 (HealthDay)

Panel Puts Off Mammography until Age 50 (MedPage Today)

Yearly Mammograms Unneeded for Women in Their 40s, Report Says (Bloomberg)

Startling New Mammogram Guidelines Incite Debate About Risk, Cost (Kaiser Health News)

Author: Allison Whitney