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New Mammogram Recommendations Betray Women, Doctors and Science

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/nicejewishdoctor/item/new_mammogram_recommendations_betray_women_doctors_and_science

This week the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) revised their recommendations for screening mammograms. Their recommendations have ignited much controversy and have weakened the credibility of a formerly objective scientific body.

My regular readers know that the USPSTF is a national body of scientists who periodically assess the medical literature and provide recommendations about preventive tests and treatments. Because they are unaffiliated with any specific interest group, the USPSTF developed a reputation as the most objective and unbiased source of medical recommendations. For every test or therapy they reviewed, they weighed patient benefit against the potential for patient harm (regardless of cost) and reported whether the intervention was beneficial, harmful or that there is insufficient evidence to decide. I personally looked to their recommendations and wrote about them frequently.

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