Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) announced the committee will hold a hearing on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s controversial recommendation that low-risk women delay mammography screenings until age 50. No date has been set for the hearing, according to a committee spokeswoman, but the announcement follows the panel’s receipt of a letter from 22 senators urging a hearing on the recommendations, which were released Nov. 16, (Nov. 23, p. 10). The group includes Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). In calling for the hearing, the senators said that the new recommendations represent a “dramatic departure” from the task force’s previous recommendation that women begin receiving annual mammogram screenings at age 40. In addition to delaying mammography screening, the task force recommended that low-risk women aged 50 to 73 only receive mammograms every two years and that women 74 and older consider not having the screening.
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