Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Partnership for Prevention President/CEO Robert J. Gould, Ph.D. today issued the following statement about the revised recommendations of the US Preventive Services Task Force regarding breast cancer screening:
The US Preventive Services Task Force is the nation’s best-equipped institution to make science-based recommendations on the use of clinical preventive services. Accordingly, we accept their recommendations on breast cancer screening.
To help avoid any possible confusion about these new recommendations, we would strongly note three areas where theyhave not changed:
• Mammograms are still recommended for women 40-49 with high risk of breast cancer;
• Mammography has clearly been shown to save lives and is a vital component of our nation’s arsenal to fight breast cancer; and
• All women should talk with their physicians about their individual risks and the value of screening.