New recommendations on mammography and cervical cancer screening disrupt US health reform debate

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 23 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5012
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Two independent US panels have recommended that women have fewer mammograms and fewer screenings for cervical cancer, just as the US Senate was to begin debating health reform.

    Critics called the new recommendations examples of the rationing that would occur if health reform were enacted. Several medical organisations disagreed with the recommendations.

    Members of the panels said that they were independent and had no idea that their recommendations would be seen as politically motivated. Diane Petitti, who chairs the mammography panel, said she was taken aback by the reaction (, 20 Nov, “Mammogram debate took group by surprise”).

    The uproar began on …

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