Mammogram Task Force Apologizes for Screening Slip

The task force that doesn’t include a single oncologist or gynecologist, mind you. Yay government health care! #FAIL:

The government task force that issued controversial guidelines last month advising against annual mammograms for women under 50 apologized Wednesday for the ruling, which had left many women and health advocates scratching their heads.

The ruling, issued last month by U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, clashed with established guidelines recommending annual mammograms beginning at 40 to detect early signs of breast cancer.

The task force, made up of doctors and scientists, acknowledged the way in which the recommendations were released wasn’t done very smoothly — and the timing wasn’t great either, right in the middle of a heated debate on health care.

The apology came at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on breast cancer screening recommendations, where lawmakers sought clarity on the ruling.

Although the hearing had been scheduled quickly with the aim of getting explanations and guidance from the task force, it quickly morphed into a renewed debate over the health care legislation working its way through Congress.