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New mammography guidelines could cloud decision-making, doctors say

New mammography guidelines could cloud decision-making, doctors say

The American Cancer Society now recommends that women wait to begin annual mammograms until age 45 rather than 40, advice that conflicts with other recommendations, leading some to worry that it will confuse women who might need the test.

While several professional societies continue to recommend annual tests starting at age 40, the U.S. Preventive Task Force recommends biennial exams beginning at age 50.

The newest advice released Tuesday prompted a sharp reaction from some experts and advocates who fear it could prompt women to put off mammograms used to detect breast cancer, the most common cancer found in women, which kills about 40,000...

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