US issues new guidelines as mammography debate continues

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 02 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:506
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. Nebraska

    US health officials have released new clinical guidelines backing routine mammography for women aged 40 and over in the wake of growing controversy over the value of such testing in reducing deaths from breast cancer.

    Although it is widely accepted that screening mammography leads to earlier detection of breast cancer, questions have been raised over whether such early detection actually translates into greater survival, and these have led to a heated media debate in the United States (16 February, p 432).

    A media debate began in January, when the Physicians Data Query screening and prevention editorial board, an independent panel of US …

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