Senate Minority Deputy Whip David Vitter (R-La.) is pressing HHS to cease all promotion of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's 2009 recommendations on breast cancer screening.
Vitter wants mammography guidelines purged
The task force last November recommended that women ages 40 to 49 with no family history or predisposition for breast cancer forgo routine mammography, and that women ages 50 to 74 should get mammograms only once every two years.
A provision in the new health reform law called for the controversial recommendations to be set aside. To comply with the statute, Vitter in a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asked that HHS “immediately require the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to remove the November 2009 recommendations from their website and that they, and all other agencies under your purview, immediately cease all promotion of the impugned recommendations.”
The recommendations are still being presented to the general public as current information, “serving to further confuse women on this critical issue,” Vitter wrote. The American College of Radiology issued a statement in support of Vitter's letter.
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