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  • Posted: 02/07/2013

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NCI Cancer Center News

UCSF-led study finds mammogram every two years has same benefit as yearly mammogram for older women

Among older women, getting a mammogram every two years was just as beneficial as getting a mammogram annually, and led to significantly fewer false positive results, according to a study led by UC San Francisco (home of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center). The national study of more than 140,000 women between the ages of 66 and 89 appeared online on Feb. 5 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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