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Woman getting mammogram

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It has been a debate for sometime now… When should women start to get routine mammograms?

The latest guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force stick with its advice that women should one every two years between ages 50 and 74. But they also make clear that it’s an option for younger women even though they’re less likely to benefit.

The task force claims that mammograms do the most good later in life, and recommends that women get one every other year starting at age 50 and 40-49 should make the best decision for themselves.

There are still other health groups who side with conducting mammograms every year starting at 40 — although last year the American Cancer Society upped its starting age to 45.




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