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Task force chair to discuss 2009 'Biennial 50-74' breast cancer screening recommendations


New recommendations call for first mammogram at age 50, then every two years until 74 (Anchorage, AK) - National task force chair Dr. Ned Calonge will explain and review 2009 guidelines for breast cancer screening at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in the east auditorium. The new recommendations call for biennial screening mammography for women 50 to 74 years old, a change from previous recommendations that called for annual mammograms starting at age 40.

Dr. Calonge chairs the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a federal panel of experts convened by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. During his presentation, Dr. Calonge will define evidence-based medicine and explain the process for developing recommendations for preventative health care services.

Find out more about the guidelines at http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsbrca.htm.

Dr. Calonge serves as the Chief Medical Officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He's also a member of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Task Force on Community Preventive Services.

WHAT: Presentation on current breast cancer screening guidelines

WHEN: Noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31

WHERE: Providence Alaska Medical Center, East Auditorium

WHO: Open to the public

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