Latest US Preventive Services Task Force Stories

Most Women Should Get A Mammogram Every Two Years
2014-02-04 10:38:20

Elizabeth Fernandez - University of California - San Francisco Study led by UCSF breast cancer expert recommends screening guidelines developed by US Preventive Services Task Force Adoption of new guidelines recommending screening mammography every two years for women ages 50 to 74 would result in breast cancer screening that is equally effective, while saving the United States $4.3 billion a year in health care costs, according to a study led by UC San Francisco. The study...

Health Experts Urge Older, Heavy Smokers To Get Annual CT Scan
2013-12-31 12:53:34

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An independent panel of American health experts has issued a report, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, that recommends people between the ages of 55 and 80 years old who are at high risk for lung cancer should have an annual low-dose CT scan to detect any evidence of the disease. The US Preventive Services Task Force identified “high risk” individuals as current or former smokers who smoked the equivalent of a pack per...

Vitamin D, Calcium Supplements Unnecessary For Many Postmenopausal Women
2013-02-26 21:24:58

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online For years, doctors have been recommending post-menopausal women take vitamin D and calcium supplements–but a federal panel of experts are now saying these supplements may not prevent fractures or broken bones. According to recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, daily vitamin D doses of 400 international units (IU) or lower and calcium...

Doctors Requested To Calculate BMI Of Their Patients
2012-06-26 09:26:06

John Neumann for redOrbit.com Do you assume your weight is within an acceptable range if your doctor doesn´t bring it up? A government panel renewed a recommendation for every adult to be screened for obesity during checkups, suggesting more physicians should be routinely calculating their patients´ body mass index (BMI). “We found that some weight-loss programs do work, and often the gateway to finding the right program can be through your physician,” David...

Expert Medical Panel Urges Doctors To Stop PSA Cancer Screenings
2012-05-22 10:55:33

An expert US medical panel has given its final word on the PSA test, a controversial screening procedure used to detect prostate cancer in men, recommending that doctors should no longer perform the test on healthy men because they are more likely to be harmed by the test itself than be helped. The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) gave its recommendation on the stoppage of the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test following a public comment period. It gave the test a D rating --...

Task Force Says PSA Screenings For Some Men Not Needed
2011-10-07 10:34:27

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the same group that told women in their 40s that they didn´t need mammograms, is now recommending that middle-aged men skip routine screening for prostate cancer, saying the PSA blood tests that check for the disease do more harm than good. The government panel recommends that healthy men should no longer receive the PSA tests as part of routine cancer screening. Its recommendations, made public today, will be officially issued next...

2011-05-10 11:45:00

A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine on the number of colon screenings that are performed on the elderly suggests that doctors are ordering repeated tests that many people do not need. Long known to be one of the most effective and easy screening tests available, colon screening is credited with saving thousands of lives by catching cancer early. The physician uses a thin flexible tube to examine the intestines which can also snip off suspicious-looking growths. The...

2010-01-31 17:14:27

The methodology and evidence behind a widely publicized change in national mammography guidelines is questionable, according to a review in the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JDMS), published by SAGE. In November 2009, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine discussing the screening techniques for the early detection of breast cancer. A few isolated portions of that report, regarding recommended changes for the use of...

2009-12-10 08:00:00

NEW YORK, December 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Editor-in-Chief of Cancer Investigation and one of the country's most respected medical policy professors has written a new commentary which criticizes proposed changes to breast cancer screening. The federally-funded US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recommended an about-turn in breast cancer screening, which includes recommending against routine screening in the 40-49 year old range, screening only every other year in older women...

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