Breast Cancer Screening: Searching for Consensus

DEBRA MONTICCIOLO MD FACRThis post is contributed by Debra Monticciolo, MD, FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Commission.

I recently represented the American College of Radiology (ACR) at a meeting with representatives from more than 50 stakeholders in women’s health convened by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Participants reviewed current data and provided perspective on their interpretation of the data and resultant recommendations for breast cancer screening.

I informed attendees that the College and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) continue to recommend that women ages 40 and older be screened each year. This approach saves more lives than delayed or less frequent screening.

The participants in the ACOG event will continue efforts at addressing breast cancer screening recommendations. It is hoped that the outcome of these conversations will help to improve informed decision-making among women and their health care providers.

Be assured that the College will continue to keep members informed of any developments regarding this meeting and/or breast cancer screening policies overall.

In the meantime, please use the comments section below to share what is happening at your practice:

  • Are there fewer (or more) women seeking mammograms at your facility?
  • How have recent guidelines announced by USPSTF and ACS affected your conversations with patients?
  • Have you spoken with your local media on when and how often women should get mammograms?

I look forward to your thoughts.

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