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Breast cancer may be going undetected due to fewer women getting screening mammograms.
Research has found that fewer women are getting screening mammograms since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that screening mammograms start at age 50 instead of age 40 for women with an average risk of breast cancer. Fewer women being screened may lead to breast cancer going undetected.The USPSTF recommendations also said that women age 50 to 74 could have screening mammograms every other year and that women older than 74 didn’t need screening mammograms. These recommended changes were very controversial and were NOT adop…
You should speak with your healthcare provider about when you should start getting mammograms and how often you should be screened. There are resources available to help you if you are unable to afford a mammogram.