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November 19th, 2009
07:38 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Mammogram Guidelines – Take Two?

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Get ready for the possibility of more confusion over mammograms.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting the federally-funded task force that loosened breast-cancer screening guidelines is clarifying its position.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta will join us live with the details.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Craig Ledbetter

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force made a political/economic recommendation, not a health care practice recommendation. Not a single member of that panel of bureaucratic obamatrons would recommend to their own mothers and sisters to live by their amended guidelines. This is how government practices health care. This is health care rationing by the numbers. This is "Change you can die for". This is the future of all clinical practice standards if the current health care reform bills become law. This is a shadow of Obamacare. But you can see how wrong Sarah Palin was to refer to the US Preventive Services Task Force as a "Death Panel". They didn't say you couldn't get a mammogram at age 40. They just said it was not cost effective to pay for it. She should have called it a "Denial Panel". That is much more accurate. If you die because you can't afford to pay for a mammogram at age 40, that is your own responsibility.

    November 19, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  2. Christie

    I don't think they're clarifying....I think they're back pedaling like crazy. LOLOL That woman from the task force who was on CNN last night with Dr. Copans couldn't even complete a sentence, much less offer any credible input. Where the hell did this "task force" come from, and why are there no experts / specialists on the task force? RIDICULOUS, IMO. I, and I think most women do, have friends and relatives who have died from breast cancer, have survived breast cancer, are living with breast cancer. I have had two surgeries to remove benign cysts (thank God).......and that was in my thirties. There ARE exceptions....don't send some half-ass task force to change policy which in depth research has proved so very beneficial.

    November 19, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    So the task force is clarifying its position on mammography – they didn't realize just how much fuss the change would cause or the implications for health insurance for those women under 50? If they didn't then I'm not sure I trust their conclusions on the issue anyway – last night it sounded like it was a numbers game that an accountant would come up with – they figured out where there break-even point was and set their recommendation there – break-even analysis is good for some things but not for saving people's lives.

    November 19, 2009 at 9:54 pm |