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"ACP Wrangles Diverging Breast Ca Screening Guidelines" - Leah Lawrence

  • MedPage Today
  • New York, NY
  • (April 08, 2019)

Women ages 50 to 74 at average risk for breast cancer should undergo screening mammography every other year, according to the latest guidance from the American College of Physicians, recommendations that were met with immediate pushback from the radiology community. In a joint statement, the American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging warned that ACP's new recommendations could "result in up to 10,000 additional, and unnecessary, breast cancer deaths in the United States each year," lead to thousands more women receiving extensive treatments for advanced cancers, and yet do "little to nothing to address over diagnosis or the harms of screening."  Laurie Margolies, MD, FACR, director of breast imaging at the Dubin Breast Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai noted that the recommendation was based on no new evidence and was a "disservice" to American women. “Everyone agrees that most lives are saved by screening starting at age 40. This is incontrovertible.”

— Laurie Margolies, MD, FACR, Director, Breast Imaging, The Dubin Breast Center of the Tisch Cancer Institute, Professor, Radiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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