Advisory on USPSTF Revised Guidelines on Breast Cancer Screening

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12/09/09
The American Nurses Association (ANA) provides the following information received from Task Force Member Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN Clarifying the USPSTF Revised Guidelines on Breast Cancer Screening:

The US Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of experts in prevention and primary care, updated its 2002 recommendation on breast cancer screening, which has drawn extensive public reaction. Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, , serves on the 16 member panel appointed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Melnyk is dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University.

This updated recommendation provides specific recommendations for mammography screening by age. The complete recommendation can be read at www.ahrq.gov/clinic/uspstf/uspsbrca.htm.

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