- November 25th 2011
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is considering whether to broaden the group of women it recommends to get routine screening for osteoporosis, and it wants physician input.
The proposed recommendations suggest that younger women who have fracture risks equal to or greater than 65-year-old women should be screened for the disease. Currently the task force, an independent panel of nonfederal medical experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine, says women 65 and older, and those 60 or older at higher risk for fractures, should be tested. The guidelines were updated last in 2002.
"That is a significant change. We found women as young as age 50 where screening would be appropriate," said Ned Calonge, MD, MPH, task force chair, and the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment's chief medical officer.
Physicians and others can comment on the draft recommendations through 5 p.m. EST Aug. 3 online (www.ahrq.gov/clinic/draftix.htm).
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