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Benefits and risks of mammography are substantial; women need to make more individual decisions on whether to be screened, new study says
Washington Post

I just spoke with Michael L. LeFevre, chairman of the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, about the JAMA study. As I noted below, that panel is preparing to update its 2009 guidelines on breast cancer screening, probably within the next 12-18 months.

For now, its policy is that the benefits of mammograms outweigh their harms, especially for women aged 50 to 75. For women aged 40-49, it’s a closer call, but the task force still tips in favor of mammography, LeFevre said.