USPSTF recommendation has little effect on mammography use

05/19/2013 | HealthImaging.com

A study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that levels of screening mammography remained steady after the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's recommendation that women 40 to 49 make a personal decision with regard to screening mammography, and women 50 to 74 undergo mammography every other year. "Patients -- and likely their providers -- appear hesitant to change their behavior, even in light of evidence that routine screening in younger women carries substantial risk of false positives and unnecessary further imaging and biopsies," researcher Dr. Lauren Block said.

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