|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1997
NIH Office of Medical
Applications of Research
National Cancer Institute
NIH Consensus Development Conference on Breast Cancer
Screening for Women Ages 40-49
- Is there a reduction in mortality from breast cancer due to screening
women ages 40-49, with or without physical examination? How large is the
benefit? How does this change with age?
- What are the risks associated with screening women ages 40-49 with
mammography, and with physical examination? How large are the risks? How
do they change with age?
- Are there other benefits? If so, what are they? How do they change
- What is known about how the benefits and risks of breast cancer screening
differ based on known risk factors for breast cancer?
- What are the directions for future research?
The panel will present its draft statement to the public for comment on
the morning of the third and final day of the conference. Following this
public comment session, the panel will release its final consensus statement
at the news conference and take questions from the media. The consensus
statement is the report of an independent panel and is not a policy statement
of the NIH or the Federal Government.
The consensus panel will be chaired by Leon Gordis, M.D., Professor,
Department of Epidemiology, School of Hygiene and Public Health, The Johns
Hopkins University. Dr. Gordis will moderate the news conference.
The NIH Consensus Development Program was established in 1977 as a mechanism
to resolve in an unbiased manner controversial topics in medicine. To date,
NIH has conducted 120 such conferences addressing a wide range of controversial
medical issues inportant to health care providers, patients, and the general
public. An average of six consensus conferences are held each year.
Additional information about this conference, including the meeting agenda
and area hotels, is also available at the NIH Consensus Development Program
web site at http://consensus.nih.gov.
To register for the conference, call 301-770-3153.
*NOTE TO TELEVISION NEWS DIRECTORS:
The news conference will be broadcast live via satellite beginning at 1 p.m. EST. Coordinates for this broadcast have not yet been assigned. As soon as they are assigned they will be posted on this web site.