Digest This: Cancer screening

    Mammograms, pap smears, PSA tests — medical groups can’t seem to agree on who should get them and how often. What are the data behind these recommendations? How do the changes affect health insurance? Where should patients go for answers?

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    (Photo: A mammogram revealing breast cancer)

    THIS WEEK’S TOPIC: Cancer screening

    Mammograms, pap smears, PSA tests — medical groups can’t seem to agree on who should get them and how often.

    A federal task force recently recommended scaling back on breast cancer screening, while other medical groups say the current guidelines should stay in place. Days later, pap smear screens for cervical cancer also felt a push back from a major medical organization, much to the disappointment of advocates who say screening saves lives.

    What are the data behind these recommendations? How do the changes affect health insurance? Where should patients go for answers? Join us for some clarity, and add your own thoughts about cancer screening.

    When: 12:00 noon Tuesday, December 1st

    Where: Right here. Click the blue button in the right sidebar to join the chat.

    Moderator: Kerry Grens

    This week’s guest:

    ivan100x120Ivan Oransky, MD, is the executive editor of Reuters Health. He teaches journalism at New York University and City University of New York, and is a board member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

     

     

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