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Thursday, Mar. 27, 1997
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National Cancer Advisory Board
- Develop, in partnership with other professional and advocacy organizations innovative methods of educating women, physicians, and other providers regarding the benefits and limitations of mammography as well as the risk factors for breast cancer.
- Create a uniform database that will encourage all investigators conducting
large-scale randomized screening studies for women ages 40 to 49 to provide primary data for combined analyses.
- Convene an independent Mammography Data Monitoring Board to review on an ongoing basis the data from randomized mammography trials and, to report regularly to the NCAB and the public on the progress of the trials.
The Board statement, a link to Answers and Questions About Mammography Screening, and a list of the Board members are listed below.
National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB)
For Women Ages 40 to 49
- The NCI, professional, voluntary, and public interest organizations
should develop innovative methods to educate women, their physicians and
other health professionals regarding the established benefits of mammography
screening in women ages 50 and over, and the current recommendations and
state of knowledge regarding screening at earlier ages.
- The NCI should make every effort to encourage and assist all investigators
conducting randomized mammography screening studies that include women
40 to 49 to provide primary data for combined analyses. NCI can assist
these groups in defining a uniform data set that will be periodically updated
and submitted to a common database.
- The NCI should convene an independent Mammography Data Monitoring Board
of clinicians, trialists, statisticians and other experts to prospectively
define the analytic procedures and regularly review and report on the progress
of the mammography trials to NCAB and the public.
Questions and Answers About Mammography Screening