New Advice: Skip Mammograms In 40's, Start At 50

A government task force is offering breast examination advice that runs contrary to the long-standing position of the American Cancer Society.

The task force says most women don't need a mammogram in their 40s and should get one every two years starting at 50. It also says breast self-exams do no good and women shouldn't be taught to do them.

The American Cancer Society recommends mammograms beginning in the 40's. But the government panel of doctors and scientists concluded that getting screened for breast cancer so early and so often leads to too many false alarms and unneeded biopsies without substantially improving women's odds of survival. Some experts say the reversal is expected to generate debate and confusion.

The new guidelines were issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Its stance influences coverage of screening tests by Medicare and many insurance companies. But an insurance industry group official says insurance coverage is not likely to change because of the new guidelines.


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  • by Here we go.... Location: nc on Nov 17, 2009 at 05:16 PM
    I hope everyone who voted for Obama and his socialist views is happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This goes against everything women have been told!!!!!!!!!! I have a family member who was diagnosed with breast cancer at 24!! No family history of cancer at all! She found the lump while doing a self breast exam. So, Obama & your government followers, don't tell me that women should not be taught to do self exams or that we should wait until 50 to get a mammogram!!!
  • by pete Location: grifton on Nov 17, 2009 at 01:01 PM
    You will have to stop when you get 65 and have to choose how you want to die.As for me I will probably be like the old Kenny Rogers Song( let's go out in a blaze of glory all good things must end,in a blaze of glory)
  • by J on Nov 17, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    And the rationing begins...Just a sample of what is to come under mesiahcare, I mean Obamacare. If his ideas and programs aren't socialist, then the moon is really made of cheese.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2009 at 12:21 PM
    Obomanomics already kicking in.
  • by 42 YEAR OLD Location: WASHINGTON on Nov 17, 2009 at 12:17 PM
    Just one more reason Obama care will not work, i bet Mrs. Obama will get or has gotten the medical care she needs and wants.. and i bet his children will get medical care they need and want, and congress too.. Obama care is only for the people who will be paying for it... I would like to see all senetors and congresspeople and Presidents use Obama care...
  • by OMGosh Location: Greenville on Nov 17, 2009 at 11:34 AM
    My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 34. I can't believe they want to discourage people from doing self-exams too! Next they are going to tell males to stop doing self-exams on their testicles! What is going on in their minds?? More of this: $$$?
  • by Kim Location: Columbia on Nov 17, 2009 at 09:38 AM
    This idea is insane! I was diganosed at 37 with breast cancer which I found myself. Now they are saying don't do self exams and wait to 50 for mamograms. I guess they don't care how many women they kill needlessly!!! Wake up America. It's time we say enough. WE have our rights too. Spend health care money on the citizens. Send non-citizens to their home country to take care of them! This will save enough money to more than fund the mamograms.
  • by Barbie Location: Greenville on Nov 17, 2009 at 09:31 AM
    This is very poor advice, and what is even more questionable about this report is that they are advising women not to perform monthly self exams. Could someone tell me what sense this makes?
  • by Val Location: Richlands on Nov 17, 2009 at 09:11 AM
    I find it interesting that we're about to have government run healthcare and now we're going to wait 10 years to give women mammograms. How much money will this save? How much extra will it cost in the long run when cancer treatments become more complex b/c the disease was not caught early enough? How many people will needlessly loose loved ones because the government does not want to pay for a simple screening? Every woman I know that has had breast cancer has been younger than 50! I hope all of you continue to get them before 50 & lobby your congressmen/women & insurance companies to keep the requirements & payments as they are now.
  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Nov 17, 2009 at 06:47 AM
    I guess they are already getting us ready for our new government (rationing care) healthcare program.
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