American Cancer Society Recommends Fewer Mammograms, Starting Later in Life
On Tuesday, the American Cancer Society in a notable shift recommended that women should have fewer mammograms and begin them later in life. ACS previously recommended that women with an average risk of breast cancer undergo a mammogram and clinical breast exam every year, starting at age 40. But according to the new guidelines, which were published in JAMA, women at average risk for breast cancer can delay their first mammogram until age 45 and can begin to undergo biennial mammograms at age 55.
- "American Cancer Society, in a Shift, Recommends Fewer Mammograms" (Grady, New York Times, 10/20).
- "The Six Numbers That Demystify New Mammogram Rules" (Kaplan, "Science Now," Los Angeles Times, 10/20).