New Guidelines Released For Mammograms

New Guidelines Released For Mammograms

2:28pm Oct 20, 2015

The American Cancer Society released new guidelines for mammograms today that strongly recommend women start having annual mammograms at age 45, then transition to mammograms every other year starting at age 55, continuing for as long as they are healthy and have at least a 10-year life expectancy.

The ACS says women who want to start annual screening before age 40 or after age 55 should have the opportunity. The cancer society also recommended against clinical breast exams by doctors, which have long been part of breast health.

Dr. Therese Bevers is medical director for MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention Center and chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s guidelines panels on breast cancer screening and diagnosis and breast cancer risk reduction. She speaks with Here & Now‘s Robin Young about the new screening guidelines.

Guest

  • Dr. Therese Bevers, medical director for MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention Center, and chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s guidelines panels on breast cancer screening and diagnosis and breast cancer risk reduction.
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