In April, the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) proposed a major change in their approach to breast cancer screenings. The proposal, if finalized, would limit access to mammograms for more than 22 million women, particularly those aged 40 to 49 year old. It would also disproportionately affect underserved women, which is simply unacceptable. Breast cancer prevention is critically important for all women, and it’s crucial that we facilitate access to preventative measures, not hinder it.
On Thursday morning, I spoke at a breakfast put on by the National Consortium of Breast Centers, a nonprofit organization made up of doctors, nurses and breast cancer survivors dedicated to excellence in breast health care, about the USPSTF’s proposal. I emphasized the need to encourage women to visit their doctor regularly, rather than deter them from doing so. I also discussed my upcoming breast cancer legislation with the Consortium. My bill would place a two-year moratorium on the USPSTF’s screening recommendation, giving Congress time to review the implications of the proposal and address concerns about the USPSTF process.
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