Tuesday, October 27, 2015

State health weighs in on new mammogram guidelines

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently released new recommendations for women at average risk for breast cancer. These recommendations more closely align ACS and U.S. Preventive Services Taskforce (USPSTF) guidelines and convey the overall movement towards less frequent breast screenings. 

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Women’s Wellness Connection (WWC) program continues to align its breast screening policies with USPSTF guidelines. WWC believes the ACS recommendations are based on evidence, public resources and the negative health effects of 
over-screening. 

The importance of assessing a woman’s individual risk for breast cancer is even more essential as screening mammography guidelines continue to evolve. CDPHE and WWC encourage all women to talk with their health care provider about their risk for breast cancer and screening options. If you know someone that is in need of breast cancer screening and meets the criteria below, they may qualify for WWC. Please call the WWC referral number 1-866-951-WELL (9355) to schedule an appointment.

 40-64 years old

 Uninsured or underinsured

 Low-income

 Lawfully present in the United States

For more information, visit the Women's Wellness Connection.

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