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Mammograms: Clearly Communicating New Guidelines (HLOL #63)

by | Aug 9, 2011

Diana Zuckerman, Ph.D. is the President of the National Research Center for Women & Families–a nonpartisan, nonprofit research and education organization that works to evaluate and improve policies and programs that affect the health and safety of adults and children.

Dr. Zuckerman is a nationally respected expert on health and health policy, including the safety and effectiveness of medical treatments and the impact of violence on women and families. She has testified dozens of times before U.S. Congressional hearings and other federal and state agencies. Dr. Zuckerman is often interviewed or quoted on television, radio, and the national press.

In this podcast, Dr. Zuckerman talks with Helen Osborne about:

  • Why and how national guidelines, policies, and recommendations change.
  • How to clearly communicate ever-changing, nuanced health messages.
  • Communication challenges ahead as science continues to evolve.

More Ways to Learn:

  • National Research Center for Women & Families,
  • Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund, a new program of the National Research Center for Women & Families. Available at
  • Osborne H (host). 2011, April 5. Health Literacy Out Loud #56: Helping Others Understand Health Messages. Available at
  • Schousboe JT, Kerlikowske K, Loh A, Cummings SR, “Personalizing Mammography by Breast Density and Other Risk Factors for Breast Cancer: Analysis of Health Benefits and Cost-Effectiveness,” Annals of Internal Medicine. July 5, 2011, 155:10-20.
  • Welch HG, Schwartz LM, Woloshin, Overdiagnosed. Beacon Press, 2011.
  • Woloshin S, Schwartz LM, Welch HG, Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics. University of California Press, 2008. (The book can be downloaded for free from

Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters include: 11, 13, 27, 30.

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