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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.
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.
A federal panel of experts are now saying vitamin D and calcium supplements may not prevent fractures or broken bones.
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).
An expert US medical panel has given its final word on the PSA test, 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) 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.
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.
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.
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.