February 25, 2010 - States have limited mammography services and other early detection programs for women younger than age 50 since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's (USPSTF) release of new breast cancer screening guidelines late last year, according to a recent survey.
The USPSTF released revised guidelines on biennial mammograms calling for women ages 50 through 74 to receive routine annual mammograms, but not women in their 40s.
The Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade surveyed 150 breast cancer health educators and providers from 48 states at the group's annual breast cancer forum, asking about states' responses to the guidelines. Respondents ranged from small community groups to large cancer centers.
Respondents said that breast and cervical cancer screening programs have been reduced or eliminated for woman younger than age 50.
Chair of the American College of Radiology's Board of Chancellors James Thrall said, "Lawmakers at all levels need to act now to ensure that these recommendations do no further damage, and that women have full and ready access to mammography."
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