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Statement by the Scientific Advisory Board of the Patient Advocate Foundation/National Patient Advocate Foundation on Changes to the USPSTF Mammography Guidelines
Date:11/20/2009

commend annual screening for women in their forties because it would save marginally fewer lives and is associated with more procedures. Moreover, a table in the report clearly shows a meta-analysis favoring screening for women from 40-49 years of age. "Recommendations as important as these should not be decided on narrow evidence that is not widely supported by the breast cancer and provider community," stated Robert Rifkin, M.D., Chair, PAF/NPAF Scientific Advisory Board. Until there is much more conclusive evidence, we continue to join our non-profit colleagues, including the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Foundation, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and the American Medical Association, in recommending that women over the age of 40 continue regular, annual mammography screening.

"We believe that a measured approach is to continue screening women of standard cancer risk between the ages of 40 and 49 with annual mammography, and to work to improve the accuracy of screening for breast cancer," stated Dennis Gastineau, M.D., Scientific Liaison to the Executive Board of Directors.

For more information see www.npaf.org and www.patientadvocate.org.

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