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Study: New mammography guidelines could lead to decrease in screening

Posted at: 11/27/2012 6:23 AM

A new study finds that the latest mammography guidelines may be leading to missed cancers and a decrease in screening.
 
In 2009, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force issued new recommendations that routine mammograms should not begin until the age of 50 with additional screenings every other year. However, when researchers analyzed data from more than 43,000 mammograms, they found almost 20-percent of cancers were found among women in their 40's which could potentially be missed with the new guidelines.
 
The study concludes that annual mammograms should start at age 40 -- which is what the American Cancer Society recommends.

The data were presented at a radiology conference.