OSF St. Joseph Encouraging Women to Speak About Proposed Mammography Changes

5/12/2015 - Bloomington, Illinois

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center is concerned about proposed changes in the mammography screening guidelines draft from the U.S. Preventive Task Force (USPSTF) that may cause insurance companies to change the way they cover mammography screening.

The current recommendation for screening mammography is:
•           Every year
•           Beginning at age 40

This is the position held by OSF St. Joseph and the following organizations: American Cancer Society, the American College of Surgeons, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American College of Radiology.

The proposed USPSTF guidelines draft recommends screening mammograms:
•           Every other year
•           Beginning at age 50  (through age 74)

The team at the OSF St. Joseph is encouraging women to make their voices heard in the fight to keep insurance coverage for life-saving mammograms yearly, starting at age 40.

"We routinely diagnose breast cancer in young women in their 40s,” said Tian Austin, MD, of Bloomington Radiology. “The breast cancer would be missed if not for screening mammograms. These young women have great chance of survival because of early detection."

To comment on the proposed changes by the May 18 deadline visit: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Comment/Collect/Index/RecommendationStatementDraft/breast-cancer-screening1.

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