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Comment & Response
December 2017

Specialty Societies and Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(12):1871-1872. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.5557

To the Editor In their research letter published in a recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, Radhakrishnan and colleagues1 describe the results from a survey of primary care physicians and gynecologists (the Breast Cancer Social Networks Study). Among 871 respondents, they report that 81% recommend screening to women ages 40 to 44 years, and 88% recommend screening to women ages 45 to 49 years.1 Moreover, only 23% of physicians trusted US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines the most and recommended biennial screening beginning at age 50 years, while 26% trusted the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) the most and recommended annual screening starting at age 40 years.1

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