Mammogram Fallout

POSTED: Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 11:28am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:59pm

Today, an attempt to clarify new recommendations on mammograms from the U.S Preventive Services task force that have left women confused. "We recognize the communication of our findings was poor," says Dr. Ned Colange of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Last month the panel recommended against routine mammograms for women younger than 50, saying it's not worth subjecting patients to unnecessary radiation and biopsies. The panel also recommended against teaching women to do self breast exams.

Republicans claim the recommendations are based on cost and will result in rationing, something Democrats and the panel deny. The debate also focused on the health care reform bill. Some republicans have argued mammograms would not be considered essential services and would not be covered unless offered as a premium. Democrats deny the recommendations would interfere with a person getting a mammogram if they need one.