US panel drops mammography screening age back to 40

 Today, May 9 (Reuters) - According to a suggested update to the guideline that was developed by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF),,,

 women who are at an average risk for breast cancer should begin getting screening mammograms every other year beginning at the age of 40.  

 This recommendation is in response to advancements in diagnostic technology and treatment.  

 The update contradicts a controversial recommendation that was given by the group in 2009.  

 At that time, the panel advocated against routine mammograms for women who were in their 40s and stated that screening,,,

 should begin at the age of 50 for every two years, unless women and their doctors thought that earlier screening was necessary.  

 The immediate past chair of the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), Dr. Carol Mangione, stated that at that time,,,

 the net benefit of mammography screening for women in their 40s was quite low, taking into account the potential risks.  

 She stated that the incidence of breast cancer among younger women has been on the rise, that advancements in digital ,,,

 mammography have led to an increase in the accuracy of the test, and that new treatments are leading to an increase in survival rates.  

 According to Mangione, who chairs the department of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California.

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