"The Mammography Wars" and Doctor Conflicts of Interest

It was nearly a year ago that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force caused a huge uproar with the mildest imaginable recommendation about mammograms, and now two physician researchers say it might be time to point out that certain emperors are wearing no clothes.

In their Sounding Board article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Drs. Kerianne Quanstrum and Rodney Hayward note that some of the harshest cries against the Preventive Services Task Force came from those doctors with the highest vested self-interest in maintaining the importance of mammograms, the Society for Breast Imaging. Yet nobody seemed to notice the obvious conflict of interest.

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