Are the new guidelines published by the task force. We now have multiple competing guidelines on mamms, worried patients, an avalanche of papers to read before I decide to change my practice (I am a thinking doctor, after all).
And buried deeply in the back of a practicing docs head...the knowledge that a missed breast cancer is a leading cause for lawsuits.
It adds up to one big, hot mess.
OTOH, I'm glad the pap smear guidelines got publicized. It makes sense not to do paps on teens. For years, I've been trying to avoid doing them. We know that the natural course of HPV is clearance in these young girls. Now if I can only convince people that they need a pap every 2 years. I've had an easy time with post-hysterectomy patients, they are thrilled to know that they don't need a pap.
I have to say, I'm sick of talking about it already. Reminds me of the HRT debacle back in 7/02, when those studies were published.