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Mammo Rates Unchanged Despite Controversial Guidelines
Date:4/19/2013

rtimer added, because of fears of possible lawsuits if a cancer goes unnoticed.

Insurers have not looked to the task force recommendations as a reason to drop coverage for mammograms, both Mortimer and Pace noted.

And screening mammograms every one to two years are due to be covered, without expense, as a preventive care service under the Affordable Care Act for women over 40.

The task force aims to review each medical topic every five years, according to a spokesperson. By that schedule, screening mammogram recommendations would be due for a re-evaluation in 2014.

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To learn more about mammograms, visit the American Cancer Society.

SOURCES: Lydia Pace, M.D., M.P.H., global women's health fellow, division of women's health, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston; Joanne Mortimer, M.D., director, Women's Cancer Program and co-director, Breast Cancer Program, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duarte, Calif.; April 19, 2013, Cancer, online


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