Doctor-patient divide on mammograms

New York Times, February 16, 2010

Confusion reigned late last year after the United States Preventive Services Task Force changed its recommendations on mammography, suggesting that most women start routine scans at age 50 rather than 40 and reduce the frequency to every two years from once a year, the New York Times reports. Now an editorial the Annals of Internal Medicine, the medical journal that first published the new guidelines last November, suggests that a divide has emerged between doctors and patients, with doctors more inclined to accept the new recommendations and the patients wanting to stick to early and annual screening.


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