Revised Breast Screening Recommendations

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have revised recommendations for breast cancer screening of average-risk women: Women should discuss with their physician if they should start mammography at 50 years old, and screening every 2 years is reasonable for those age 55 or older. Women should be screened until age 75. Clinical breast exams should be…

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Annual Mammography?

Controversy exists over the best breast cancer screening schedule--annual or biennial. A large prospective cohort study has found in women 50-74 years that a biennial mammogram yields similar risks of finding advanced-stage disease--regardless of breast density or hormone therapy--and lower risk of false-positives, than those who are tested annually. Women 40-49 years old with extremely dense…

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