AMA Votes in Support of Screening Mammography Starting at 40
This week, after much discussion, inquiry and debate, The House of Delegates of the American Medical Association (AMA) voted at the AMA 2012 Annual Meeting to support insurance coverage for screening mammography. The AMA further stated its belief that beginning at age 40 years, all women should be eligible for screening mammography. The AMA now joins the American Cancer Society, the American College of Ob/Gyn, the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Radiology, and other esteemed guideline-making professional groups in disagreeing with the USPSTF 2009 guidelines. Women would be wise to heed their advice, and to disregard the dangerous recommendations made by a government-appointed panel that did not include a single expert in breast cancer within the group.