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Mammography Beneficial for Younger Women, Study Finds

(Science Daily) Researchers … have published new findings … that mammography remains beneficial for women in their 40s. According to the study, women between ages 40 and 49 who underwent routine screening mammography were diagnosed at earlier stages with smaller tumors and were less likely to require chemotherapy.
In recent years, there have been contradictory guidelines related to the benefit of annual mammograms for women in their 40s. The United States Preventive Services Task Force's guidelines from 2009 recommend against annual screening mammography for women in that age group while the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology and other professional societies recommend annual exams beginning at age 40.
"Our findings clearly underscore the impact of neglecting to screen women with mammography for women in their 40s," says the study's first author Donna Plecha, MD, Director of Breast Imaging at UH Case Medical Center Seidman Cancer Center and Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. "Foregoing mammography for women in this age group leads to diagnoses of later stage breast cancers. We continue to support screening mammography in women between the ages of 40 and 49 years."
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