Annual Mammograms After Age 40 Reduces Breast Cancer Deaths


Contrary to recommendations by the United States Preventive Services Task Force for mammogram screening of every other year for women age 50 to 74 and none for women between age 40 and 49 the researchers found that annual screenings as recommended by the American Cancer Society guidelines for screening every year from age 40 to 84 would save 71% more lives than the method recommended for less frequent screening.

Using the same model used by the task force, the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network, and comparing the guidelines of the task force with the American Cancer Society guidelines they found: 1) women who began annual mammograms at age 40 reduced their breast cancer deaths by 40 percent, and 2) those receiving mammograms annually from age 50 to 84 instead of every other year reduced their breast cancer risk by 23 percent and 3) the difference in these two screening approaches was a 71 percent increase in lives saved using the yearly screening approach.

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