Task Force Suggests Putting Off Regular Mammograms Until Age 50

November 17, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A controversial recommendation regarding mammograms was revealed earlier today by a key government panel reversing the standard held for 20 years, telling that women to get a mammogram when they turn 40. Now a government recommendation is telling women they can wait until 50, a stunning reversal and a break with the American Cancer Society’s long-standing position.   The recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a government panel of doctors and scientists, drew fire from the American Cancer Society, which holds the view that mammograms should begin at age 40 and then be given every 2 years.  The federal task force concluded women in their 40s, are more likely to get false-positive tests that can lead to unnecessary biopsies and anxiety.  The recommendations, which also said that self-examinations were unnecessary and women shouldn’t be taught to do them, don’t apply to women who carry a high risk for breast cancer.  While there seems to be some good cause for the panel’s guidelines, the potential negative effects include woman not remaining diligent in getting examined and that insurance companies may feel justified to change their coverages for breast exams and mammograms.


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One Response to “Task Force Suggests Putting Off Regular Mammograms Until Age 50”

  1. Chrystal K. on November 17th, 2009 7:30 pm

    I hope these revisions are a step in the right direction.

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