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Women at average risk for breast cancer should start regular annual screening using mammography at age 45 and transition to screening every two years starting at age 55, according to new guidelines from the American Cancer Society, published Oct. 20 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
That’s a change from the old guideline that recommended screening start at age 40 and that exams continue on an annual basis for older women. Based on an evidence review, the American Cancer Society Guideline Development Group concluded there is a benefit from screening with mammography for women in their early 40s, according to a news release, but that risk is lower and harms, primarily from false positives, are somewhat greater for women ages 40-44 than for women in older age groups.
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