Spotlight: New Mammogram Guidelines

An independent government panel this week abandoned its long-standing recommendation that healthy women over 40 get a breast-cancer screen once every year or two years

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The uproar in the medical community was immediate. In a reversal of standard practice that bewildered physicians and patients around the nation, an independent government panel this week abandoned its long-standing recommendation that healthy women over age 40 get a breast-cancer screen once every year or two years. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force began advising women instead to delay regular screening until age 50, and even then, to get tested only every other year.

The American Cancer Society promptly...

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