As most of you may already know, a few weeks ago the American Cancer Society (ACS) modified its guidelines for breast cancer screening – adding discord and uncertainty, initially started by the U.S. Preventive Services Task force (USPSTF).
Instead of recommending mammograms on women from age 40 onward, it pushed the start age to 45, causing virtually every specialist in breast imaging and breast cancer to wonder why.
The nuts and bolts of what the ACS said are: women should begin to have mammograms at age 45 and get them yearly to age 55, then skip years, but they should have the ability to get mammograms beginning at age 40 on a yearly basis if they want to. How wishy-washy is that?
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