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House panel split on mammogram guidelines

Wall Street Journal, December 3, 2009

Democrats on a House panel offered a measure of sympathy for the federal task force that recommended less-frequent mammograms, while Republicans said the task force's message was wrong and could lead to unnecessary deaths, the Wall Street Journal reports. The remarks came at the first congressional hearing on the guidelines issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Nov. 16. The suggestions have provoked outrage from influential cancer groups, women's advocacy organizations, and radiologists.