The USPSTF Says Most Women Should Not Get Yearly Mammograms

April 20, 2015 9:00 PM

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The USPSTF Says Most Women Should Not Get Yearly Mammograms

Six years ago, the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) caused a stir when it changed long-held breast cancer screening recommendations and advised women to wait until age 50 rather than 40 to start getting mammograms. The task force also said women should do it every other year, and women under age 50 were told the choice to get mammograms at their age was an individual one.

In the intervening years, that’s become a less controversial opinion, partially because of growing evidence that too much screening can lead to anxiety-ridden false positive results, overdiagnosis and overtreatment. On Monday, the USPSTF released its updated recommendations which look very similar t...

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