Analyzing Annals: Screening for Breast Cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement

This guideline from the USPSTF provides recommendations for mammography screening among average-risk women aged ≥40 years.

Use this guideline to:

  • Read the clinical practice guideline.
  • Do you agree with the Task Force's recommendations? In what ways do you agree or disagree with the recommendations your learners made after hearing summaries of the evidence in the activity above?
  • Role-play “shared decision making” with women aged 40 to 49 years. What questions might you ask a 40-year-old average-risk woman who wonders if she should undergo mammography screening? How would your learners explain the potential risks and benefits?
  • Why is breast cancer screening so contentious? What role do you think lawmakers should play in regulating what screening services are covered by insurance? Use the accompanying editorials by Siu et al and Laine et al to help frame your opinion.

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