Some Wisconsin doctors won't follow new federal guidelines on mammograms
At least some doctors in Wisconsin say they won't follow new federal guidelines on mammograms for women to check for early signs of breast cancer.
Gale Sisney of University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison hopes the current outcry against the new rules is so loud, that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force rescinds the guidelines.
They say women should start having mammograms in their 50s instead of their 40s, and to have them every two years instead of annually.
Sisney says mammograms lead to early detection of breast cancer, and they suggest more treatment options while reducing the need for chemotherapy.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said her agency will not change its policy, and she'd be surprised if any private health insurers change their coverage decisions.
Sebelius said the task force does not set federal policy or decide what services the government will cover.
But Geoffrey Lamb of the Medical College of Wisconsin has long been against giving women mammograms in their 40s and he agrees with the new guidelines.
He says women are more likely to have dense breast tissues prior to menopause which can lead to false positives on their exams.