Catching up with breast cancer research, findings and recommendation

October 27, 2015 2:03 AM

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Last week, for example, the American Cancer Society recommend raising the age when women of average risk should start getting screened from 40 to 45. It added to conflicting advice from many health professionals to keep it at 40 and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force which, in April, recommended women begin screening every two years after age 50.

The variability, creating a gray zone for women in their 40s, is largely due to the risks of having a false positive, or being wrongly diagnosed with breast cancer.

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