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An Important Message from Hologic

May 1, 2015

Dear Friends of Hologic:

Like you, Hologic is committed to helping women live longer, stronger, healthier lives. And like you, we stand for better certainty for all women in the early detection of cancer.

On April 20, 2015, the government-sponsored U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released its proposed guidelines for breast cancer screening.  These draft guidelines are open for public comment through May 18, 2015. The USPSTF’s draft guidelines can be found here.

While we are pleased that the Task Force finally recognizes that lives are saved by breast cancer screening, we are disappointed with a number of aspects of the guidelines. Specifically, we have concerns about when women should be screened and how often, and the Task Force’s conclusion that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the benefits of breast tomosynthesis. We encourage you to become engaged and at the end of this letter, we have suggested ways your voice can be heard.

  • We believe that women 40 and up benefit from mammography.
  • We believe the Task Force was selective in what they considered, and discounted the extensive clinical evidence in support of the benefits of the Hologic 3D system.
  • The USPSTF proposed guidelines will impact women’s access to breast cancer screening.

How We All Can Make an Impact.
Change cannot happen unless the Task Force and members of Congress hear from all of us. Hologic has developed an online toolkit to help you engage and ensure that your voice is heard. See below for an overview of what you will find in the tool kit. To download the tools, please click the green “Download Attachments” box at the top of this email.
1. Read First
2. Submitting a Comment Letter to USPSTF
3. Contacting Your Member of Congress
4. Background Materials
5. Patient Activation
6. Sample Media Materials

If you have questions, simply email USPSTF@hologic.com or contact your Hologic account manager. Collectively, we can make a difference. 
Margaret Eckenroad
Hologic Vice President,
Women’s Health and Professional Relations