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Women In Their 40s Get Some Help With The Mammogram Decision
National Public Radio

Expert groups differ on when and how often women should have mammograms. So many groups now say that a woman in her 40s should talk to her doctor about the pros and cons of mammography as well as her individual risk in order to make the decision that’s right for her.

Except that none of my 40-something friends I’ve spoken with have had that kind of conversation with a physician. Instead they’ve heard: “You’re 40, here’s a prescription for a mammogram.” End of discussion.

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