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Andrea Roane's Commentary On New Mammography Task Force Guidelines

5:37 PM, Nov 19, 2009   |    comments
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  • WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- It's been 3 days since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said most women can wait until age 50 to start getting routine mammograms every other year,  instead of annual screenings beginning at age 40.

    Thursday, members of the task force came out saying they still support their findings. 

    Dr. Timothy Wilt, a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, says the panel's recommendations "were based on the most rigorous peer review of up-to-date, accurate information about the evidence about the harms and benefits of treatment."

    The American Cancer Society's long-standing position has been that women should get annual cancer-screening mammograms starting at age 40.

    9NEWS NOW's, Andrea Roane has been at the forefront of breast cancer prevention for almost 20 years with her Buddy Check 9 reports.  Andrea has this commentary on the recommendations by the task force (click the video player to the right).