New Advice on Mammogram Timing

July 26, 2011

The Wall Street Journal

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists updated its recommendations last week, saying that women at average risk for breast cancer should be offered a mammogram every year, starting at age 40. The group previously advised women to get the test every one to two years in their 40s and then annually starting at age 50. Meanwhile, a group of researchers in a recent report suggested that rather than age alone, physicians and women should weigh other factors that influence risk when making decisions about mammograms. Among things to consider: breast-tissue density, history of biopsy and family history of breast cancer, as well as a woman's own preferences... Read More