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Marin doctors reject mammography guidelines of American Cancer Society
Marin Independent Journal

Several Marin doctors who treat women with breast cancer say they disagree with new guidelines on mammograms issued by the American Cancer Society.

The doctors say the guidelines place concerns about the anxiety caused by false positive test results and costs associated with testing above saving lives.

The cancer society is now recommending that women with an average risk of breast cancer begin getting annual mammograms at age 45. Previously, the society had recommended that women begin getting mammograms and clinical breast exams starting at 40. It is no longer recommending breast exams, either from a medical provider or self-exams.