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Mammography screening is front and center again

The controversy over screening women for breast cancer continued yesterday with an announcement from the AMA that women should begin breast cancer screening at 40 years of age to prevent advanced breast cancer. . The controversy began when the USPSTF recommended in 2009 that screening begin at 50.  The Task Force didn’t discount screening at […]

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U.S. Panel Made The Right Call on PSA Screening

PSA is not a good test to screen HEALTHY men for prostate cancer. Although it had been used as a screening tool on HEALTHY men for more than 2 decades, in 2009 a clinical trial set up by urologists across the country found that PSA screening did not save HEALTHY men from dying from prostate […]

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Mammography Screening is Front and Center, Again

The controversy over screening women for breast cancer continued today with reports suggesting annual screening before 50 years of age may prevent advanced breast cancer. The data showed that women who forgo annual mammograms were more likely to find cancer at an advanced stage. The USPSTF started the controversy when they came out with their […]

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The Latest Guidelines on Preventing Falls in Older Adults

In a surprise shift, the United States Protective Services Task Force (Task Force) which traditionally makes scientifically-based recommendations for preventing or treating specific diseases,  recommended exercise and vitamin D supplements to prevent falls in the elderly. This is a timely recommendation because Medicare will soon cover annual health risk assessment visits and customized prevention plans. So, now these […]

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USPSTF Makes its Recommendations Regarding Breast Cancer Screening

Our esteemed Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Serbelius turned her back on women and sent a message that politics trumps science when she denounced the recommendations of the committee she appointed, the United States Protective Services Task Force (USPSTF), to begin mammogram screening 50 years of age, unless you are at high risk. Don’t worry, […]

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