ACOG in the News: Recommendations About Breast Cancer Screening Vary, Home Birth Safe for Some Women, and What Will the March for Science Mean for Medicine?

ACOG serves as an expert information source about women’s health for consumers and the media. The organization’s Office of Communications regularly receives media inquiries from newspapers, magazines, websites, radio, and TV broadcast outlets. In many cases, ACOG officers and members talk with the media, working with the Office of Communications. Here are several recent articles that prominently featured ACOG guidance and experts. We’ve included excerpts and links to the original articles.

Washington Post Physician recommendations about breast cancer screening vary, survey finds

The optimal time to begin and end breast cancer screening and how often to have screenings are highly debated topics among professional organizations. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is a relatively pro-screening organization. It recommends yearly mammograms for women 40 and older.

Contemporary ObGyn The poor will always be with us, and they want and need healthcare

Co-authored by incoming ACOG President Haywood Brown, MD, and ACOG staff member Officer, Government and Political Affairs Lucia DiVenere

The good news is that most physicians believe that not only do poor people want healthcare, but that they deserve healthcare—especially preventative health services that may often be unavailable without requisite financial resources being made available. While cancer and heart disease, the leading causes of death and healthcare costs in the United States, have risk factors affected by social and environmental circumstances, these 2 conditions occur regardless of household income or insurance status. 

CNN.com What elite athletes can teach us about pregnancy

Dr. Raul Artal, the main author of the American College of Obstetrician's and Gynecologists' Committee Opinion on physical activity and exercise during pregnancy, said, "Pregnancy should not be looked at as a state of confinement. In fact, it is an ideal time for lifestyle modification. That is because more than any other time in her life, a pregnant woman has the most available access to medical care and supervision."

CBSNews Pot Smoking Common Among Teens

Evidence regarding pot’s effects on the developing fetus is limited, but the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that pregnant women stop using the drug.

HealthDay Home Birth Safe for Some, But Not All, Women

"Home birth is associated with a significant increase in fetal death and some risk for maternal injury," said Dr. Hal Lawrence, executive vice president and CEO of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Women have to understand the risk of birth in any location -- a hospital, birthing center or at home -- and "realize that there are situations that occur at home that you can't fix, and they can lose their baby or their life," he said.

"There is no question that hospital birth is the safest place for mother and baby, so this is a conversation between a women and her doctor," Lawrence said. 

FiveThirtyEight Some States Are Making It Easier To Get Birth Control

Some health care groups have criticized pharmacist prescription laws for not setting age limits — in California, for example, pharmacists can prescribe to women younger than 18. Meanwhile, advocates for allowing birth control to be sold over the counter, like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, were also skeptical of the move, saying it simply replaced one gatekeeper (the physician) with another (the pharmacist).

Medscape What Will the March for Science Mean for Medicine?

At least 25 organizations representing clinical medicine have announced their support of the march, including the American College of Physicians (ACP), the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society for Hematology, and the American Association for Cancer Research. In addition, the Endocrine Society and the Society for Neuroscience are among the march's partnering organizations.

Refinery29 Men are Committing Sexual Assault by 'Stealthing'

In the sexual and domestic violence fields, advocates already have a name for this kind of violence: reproductive coercion. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) defines reproductive coercion as "behavior [that] includes explicit attempts to impregnate a partner against her will, control outcomes of pregnancy, coerce a partner to have unprotected sex, and interfere with contraceptive methods." This kind of violence often happens within abusive relationships and is another way that abusive partners attempt to gain control over their partners.

 

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