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Breast cancer screening and mammograms

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There may be some confusion about when to get mammograms now.  Some groups, apparently looking at total cost versus saving lives have indicated women should put off getting mammograms to screen for breast cancer until age 50.  

But the American Cancer Society continues to recommend a baseline mammogram at age 40 and annual screening mammograms after that for women who are at average risk of breast cancer. 

In fact, one study of nearly 1 million women found a 29% decrease in breast cancer deaths with screening mammograms for women in their 40s.

One of our early D.C. medical malpractice jury verdicts involved a physician choosing to ignore the ACS guidelines and the tragic consequences for that mom and her family.

Here's a quick summary of the Mayo Clinic's breast cancer screening guidelines.
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