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International Group Says Mammograms Of ‘Limited’ Value For Women In 40s
National Public Radio

A federal health task force that has been criticized for its mammography recommendations now has scientific support from the World Health Organization.

The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has just finished its review of mammography to screen for breast cancer, and it, too, concludes that the value of these screening X-rays is “limited” for women in their 40s.

That’s basically what the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force decided in April, triggering howls of protest. Both reviews said there’s no question that mammography benefits women in their 50s and 60s. They also agree it’s not universally valuable for women in their 40s. The U.S. task force suggested that women in their 40s talk to their doctors about their individual circumstances, such as family history of breast cancer, to decide whether mammograms are appropriate for them.