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Mammogram testing should start at 40, new study finds

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Mammogram testing should start at 40, new study findsEarlier this week, two medical organizations came out to challenge the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force's controversial recommendation that women don't need to undergo mammogram testing until they are 50 years of age.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) both recommended on Monday that breast cancer screening should begin at age 40 for most women and as early as 25 for at-risk patients.

"The significant decrease in breast cancer mortality, which amounts to nearly 30 percent since 1990, is a major medical success and is due largely to earlier detection of breast cancer through mammography screening," said lead study author Dr Carol Lee.

The November statement by the task force, which said that routine mammograms starting at 40 rarely save lives and commonly result in misdiagnosis, has received heavy criticism by numerous medical organizations.

Dr Carl D'Orsi, director of Emory University's Breast Imaging Center, told LiveScience.com that their suggestion "should be ignored" and that it is not driven by scientific data.
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