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To find breast cancer, more mammograms aren't better, expert panel says
To find breast cancer, more mammograms aren't better, expert panel says

Despite years of controversy over the best way to screen women for breast cancer, an expert panel convened by the federal government is standing by its controversial recommendation that most women should get mammograms 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 performed on asymptomatic women do indeed save lives. But it also emphasizes the test’s downsides, many of which are underappreciated by doctors and the general public. Chief among the problems associated with screening mammography is the risk that it will result in unnecessary...

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