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Expert panel sticks with controversial advice on mammograms
Expert panel sticks with controversial advice on mammograms

An expert panel convened by the federal government is standing by its controversial recommendation that most women should get mammograms to check for signs of breast cancer only once every two years, and that the tests need not begin until the age of 50. The draft report from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reiterates that mammograms do indeed save lives. But it also emphasizes the test’s downsides, many of which are unappreciated by doctors and the general public. Chief among the problems associated with screening mammography is the risk that it will result in unnecessary procedures and treatment by finding abnormal cells that would have been harmless if left...

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