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US Task Force Recommends Starting Mammograms at Age 40 for Breast Cancer Screening

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National – (WDNews)In a significant update, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that women begin regular mammograms for breast cancer screening at the age of 40. The task force advises women between the ages of 40 to 74 to undergo screening every other year.

This adjustment marks a difference from previous guidelines, which allowed women the option to get screenings at 40, with a stronger suggestion for screenings every two years from age 50 to 74.

The updated recommendation was made official on Tuesday and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, after a draft proposal was introduced in 2023.

The move aims to provide clearer guidance to women regarding breast cancer screenings, emphasizing the importance of early detection and timely intervention. It underscores the task force’s commitment to advancing women’s health initiatives and reducing the impact of breast cancer through proactive measures.