Recommendation Statement From USPSTF: Screening for Breast Cancer

US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

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December 17, 2009

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Recommendation Statement

Date: November 2009
Updated: Includes clarification statement made December 2009

Summary of Recommendation and Evidence

  • The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 50-74 years. Grade: B recommendation.

  • The decision to start regular, biennial screening mammography before the age of 50 years should be an individual one and take patient context into account, including the patient's values regarding specific benefits and harms. Grade: C recommendation.

  • The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the additional benefits and harms of screening mammography in women 75 years or older. Grade: I Statement.

  • The USPSTF recommends against teaching breast self-examination (BSE). Grade: D recommendation.

  • The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the additional benefits and harms of clinical breast examination (CBE) beyond screening mammography in women 40 years or older. Grade: I Statement.

  • The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the additional benefits and harms of either digital mammography or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) instead of film mammography as screening modalities for breast cancer. Grade: I Statement.

  • This Recommendation Statement was first published in Annals of Internal Medicine in November 2009 (Ann Intern Med 2009;151:716-726. http://www.annals.org/). Select for copyright and source information.

On December 4, 2009, the USPSTF unanimously voted to update the language of their recommendation regarding women under 50 years of age to clarify their original and continued intent.

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