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Despite new recommendations, women in 40s continue to get routine mammograms at same rate

  • Posted: May 17, 2013

Women in their 40s continue to undergo routine breast cancer screenings despite national guidelines recommending otherwise, according to new research from Johns Hopkins (home of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center). In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that while women ages 50 to 74 should continue to undergo mammograms every two years, those between the ages of 40 and 49 without a family history of breast cancer should discuss the risks and benefits of routine screening mammography with their physicians to make individual decisions. The researchers expected to find fewer women in their 40s getting routine mammograms. Instead, they found no impact on mammography rates among younger women.

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