November 18, 2009
Breast-cancer doctors in Colorado say they have no plans to change their recommendations based on a government task force's suggestion that women don't need mammograms until they are 50 — and then every two years, not annually.
The independent panel, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, also recommended against teaching women to do regular self-exams and concluded that there is insufficient evidence to recommend that doctors perform regular physical breast exams.
The findings underscore a decades-long debate in the medical community about the benefits and risks of routine breast-cancer screening for younger women.
The conclusions also plunge the nonpartisan, nonpolitical advisory panel into the middle of a strident Washington discussion about health care, which has included allegations from Republicans that the Democrats' proposed reforms would lead to reduced care for patients.
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