Doctors Say Proposed Guidelines Will Save Lives

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          Doctors from The University of Kansas Hospital are praising recommendations from the Institute of Medicine — now called the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine —designed to guide women when they should start receiving mammograms.  After years of dispute, the report firmly comes down on the side of mammograms starting at age 40, not 50 as other groups have recommended.  The study also calls for all breast cancer diagnostic tests, such as second tier imaging and biopsies, to be covered by insurance policies with a no co-pays or deductibles. If approved by Health Resources and Services Administration, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, by Dec. 1, they could go into effect for most plans at the beginning of 2018. 

In the video, Breast Radiologist Marc Inciardi says women should see benefits from both recommendations. Also included is TV friendly video of a mammogram, and mammogram results and other scans being read.