The Guidelines Wars


What follows are the key points among recommendations issued last fall by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force. It should be noted that the Task Force recommends these guidelines to women without an increased risk of breast cancer, due to prior illness or family history. Also listed are the more widely accepted guidelines.

1 No mammograms in women under the age of 50.

2. At age 50, begin biennial screening.

3. Don’t teach self exams.

More Widely Accepted Guidelines

1. Begin annual mammograms at age 40.

2. Ask your gynecologist about self exams. There can be drawbacks as well as benefits.

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