FDA Proposes New Policies to Modernize, Improve Quality of Mammography Screenings

FDA Proposes New Policies to Modernize, Improve Quality of Mammography Screenings
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a set of new policies to modernize and improve the quality of mammography screenings for breast cancer. The federal agency is confident that such measures may help women facing the disease make informed decisions about their health care. The immediate actions proposed by the FDA aim to improve two critical aspects. The first is to expand the information mammography facilities provide to patients and physicians to promote properly informed medical decisions; the second is to modernize mammography screening procedures to improve quality and safety standards. The new policies will amend the ones issued under the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 (MQSA), which were approved by Congress to ensure high quality mammography screenings for early breast cancer detection. "Breast cancer is one of the most worrisome health concerns facing women. The FDA plays a unique and meaningful role in the delivery of quality mammography to help patients get accurate screening to identify breast health problems early, when they can be effectively addressed," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, said in a press release. "As part of our overall commitment to protecting the health of women, we’
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