Routine annual mammograms for women 40+. It’s always been the expert recommendation, and it’s the one RAF has always supported—along with the American College of Radiology (ACR), Society for Breast Imaging (SBI), and the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists.
Then along comes the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)—an independent panel of physicians who review guidelines for clinical preventive services. Earlier this year, the USPSTF released updated breast cancer screening recommendations: Routine mammograms beginning at age 50 and continuing only every other year. Simply put, it means that insurance companies would no longer have to cover screening mammograms for women in their 40s – or yearly mammograms for anyone. Period. This is because the USPSTF rated these screening mammograms grade “C” (meaning screenings should be an “individualized decision”), and the Affordable Care Act only requires insurance to cover services that receive an “A” or “B” grade. The takeaway is this: free annual mammograms could go away, as could ANY mammograms for women in their 40s. And this could translate to 6,500 additional deaths each year.
RAF supports the ACR and SBI recommendations for screening mammography. We recommend annual mammography start at age 40 for an average risk patient.
High risk patients should consider earlier screening. Please consult with your primary care physician or OB-Gyn to evaluate your individualized risk. ICW also performs free individualized risk assessment at the time of your mammogram
Our friends at Charlotte Radiology interviewed 14 breast cancer survivors. They’re living proof that screening saves and they (along with thousands of women) need you to protect access to mammograms. Make your voice heard. Sign the petition at www.BeatCancerCR.com/Petition
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