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Doctors Issues New Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

Women who have an average risk of breast cancer should have mammograms every two years from ages 50 to 74, according to the latest recommendations released today by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

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Women in this 50-to-74 age group are the most likely to benefit from regular breast cancer screenings, suggested the USPSTF, a 17-person, government-appointed panel of medical experts that makes recommendations on the effectiveness of preventive health services.

Average-risk women in their 40s also may benefit from getting mammograms, but their overall likelihood of seeing a benefit is smaller, and the potential for harm is larger than for average-risk women age 50 and older, according to the USPSTF’s recommendations, published online today (Jan. 11) in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

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