The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists releases new recommendations for mammograms

New Health Recommendations

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released new recommendations for mammograms.

The recommendations average-risk women should receive a mammogram and clinical breast exam annually, starting at age 40.

They also recommend women 75 and older should talk to their doctors about whether to continue annual screenings.

This differs from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society.

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force say women under the age of 50 have the choice to start receiving screenings and mammograms. But it is not necessary. They do recommend women ages 50 to 74 receive mammograms once every two years.

The American Cancer Society also leaves the decision of a mammogram up to women ages 40 to 44. But suggest women ages 45 to 49 should start receiving one yearly. Women 55 and older should switch to one every two years.

You can get a closer look at the recommendations from 7 different health groups, through the CDC report, by clicking here.

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