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MEDIA ADVISORY: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Member to Explain Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

WHAT: Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States. In November 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued new breast cancer screening guidelines. They have remained the subject of significant debate.

Michael LeFevre, MD
USPSTF member Michael LeFevre, MD, will describe the breast cancer screening recommendations — including the task force’s process, the scientific evidence supporting the recommendation and the practical clinical application — at a lecture that is free and open to the public. LeFevre is one of 16 members of the USPSTF and is a professor and associate chair of family and community medicine at MU, where he completed medical school, residency training and a Robert Wood Johnson academic family medicine fellowship. MU’s family and community medicine department has been ranked as one of the top three family medicine programs in the country for the past 15 years.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the USPSTF is the leading independent panel of private-sector experts in prevention and primary care. The USPSTF conducts rigorous, impartial assessments of scientific evidence for the effectiveness of a broad range of clinical preventive services, including screening, counseling and medications. Its recommendations are considered the "gold standard" for clinical preventive services.

The USPSTF breast cancer screening recommendations are available at

WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010

WHERE: University of Missouri School of Medicine Bryant Auditorium, Room M105

NOTE: Media should contact the MU School of Medicine Office of Communications at (573) 882-9193 or (573) 884-0298 for accommodations. LeFevre will be available to answer media questions immediately following the lecture.
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