Reflections on the USPSTF Breast Screening Recommendations from a South African Perspective

  • Justus Apffelstaedt University of Stellenbosch
Keywords: Breast Screening USPSTF

Abstract

Recent recommendations from the USA on the benefit of mammography for certain age groups have the potential to be indiscriminately applied in other countries, especially with regard to entry age for screening examinations and medical insurance cover. There exists a grave danger that specific local factors may be overlooked if these recommendations are simply taken as gospel and are not considered carefully.

Author Biography

Justus Apffelstaedt, University of Stellenbosch

Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Stellenbosch; Head: Breast Clinic, Tygerberg Hospital

Published
2010-07-19
Section
Opinion