Amir Qaseem, MD, PhD, MHA; Jennifer S. Lin, MD, MCR; Reem A. Mustafa, MD, MPH, PhD; Carrie A. Horwitch, MD, MPH; Timothy J. Wilt, MD, MPH; for the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians *
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Corresponding Author: Amir Qaseem, MD, PhD, MHA, American College of Physicians, 190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106; e-mail, email@example.com.
Current Author Addresses: Dr. Qaseem: 190 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
Dr. Lin: 3800 North Interstate Avenue, Portland, OR 97227.
Dr. Mustafa: 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, MS3002, Kansas City, KS 66160.
Dr. Horwitch: 1100 Ninth Avenue, C8-GIM, Seattle, WA 98101.
Dr. Wilt: VA Medical Center 111-0, Minneapolis, MN 55417.
Author Contributions: Conception and design: A. Qaseem, R.A. Mustafa, T.J. Wilt.
Analysis and interpretation of the data: A. Qaseem, J.S. Lin, R.A. Mustafa, T.J. Wilt.
Drafting of the article: A. Qaseem, R.A. Mustafa, C.A. Horwitch, T.J. Wilt.
Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: A. Qaseem, J.S. Lin, R.A. Mustafa, T.J. Wilt.
Final approval of the article: A. Qaseem, J.S. Lin, R.A. Mustafa, C.A. Horwitch, T.J. Wilt.
Statistical expertise: A. Qaseem, T.J. Wilt.
Administrative, technical, or logistic support: A. Qaseem, T.J. Wilt.
Collection and assembly of data: A. Qaseem, T.J. Wilt.
The purpose of this guidance statement is to provide advice to clinicians on breast cancer screening in average-risk women based on a review of existing guidelines and the evidence they include.
This guidance statement is derived from an appraisal of selected guidelines from around the world that address breast cancer screening, as well as their included evidence. All national guidelines published in English between 1 January 2013 and 15 November 2017 in the National Guideline Clearinghouse or Guidelines International Network library were included. In addition, the authors selected other guidelines commonly used in clinical practice. Web sites associated with all selected guidelines were checked for updates on 10 December 2018. The AGREE II (Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation II) instrument was used to evaluate the quality of guidelines.
The target audience is all clinicians, and the target patient population is all asymptomatic women with average risk for breast cancer.
In average-risk women aged 40 to 49 years, clinicians should discuss whether to screen for breast cancer with mammography before age 50 years. Discussion should include the potential benefits and harms and a woman's preferences. The potential harms outweigh the benefits in most women aged 40 to 49 years.
In average-risk women aged 50 to 74 years, clinicians should offer screening for breast cancer with biennial mammography.
In average-risk women aged 75 years or older or in women with a life expectancy of 10 years or less, clinicians should discontinue screening for breast cancer.
In average-risk women of all ages, clinicians should not use clinical breast examination to screen for breast cancer.
Qaseem A, Lin JS, Mustafa RA, et al, for the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians. Screening for Breast Cancer in Average-Risk Women: A Guidance Statement From the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med. 2019;170:547–560. [Epub ahead of print 9 April 2019]. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/M18-2147
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