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Start mammography at age 45, US guideline recommends

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5570 (Published 21 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5570
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

New guidelines from the American Cancer Society have raised the recommended age for starting regular breast cancer screening from 40 to 45 years in women with an average risk of breast cancer. However, women should still have the opportunity to choose to begin yearly mammography as early as age 40, said the updated guidelines published in JAMA.1

Women aged 55 or older should move from screening yearly to screening every two years, although they should still have the opportunity to be screened yearly, the guidelines said. The guidelines did not recommend a particular …

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