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July 21st, 2011
10:03 AM ET

New breast cancer screening guidelines issued

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has issued an update on their breast screening guidelines in an effort to cut down on the number of deaths caused by breast cancer, especially in young women.

The primary change is a new recommendation that mammography screenings be offered to women annually beginning at age 40. The previous ACOG guidelines recommended that women have mammograms every one to two years, beginning at age 40, and then receive them every year, beginning at age 50.

Elizabeth Cohen, senior medical correspondent,  explains the significance of this change and the importance of breast cancer screenings on today's American Morning.

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  1. BreastCancerAction

    Get the real story on screening at Breast Cancer Action's "An In-Depth Look at Breast Cancer Screening" webinar next week. The webinar will delineate the risks and benefits of breast cancer screening, review the science behind the USPSTF’s recommendations, and provide attendees with tools for understanding media coverage of mammography. Join us for an illuminating look at a complex and often confusing issue.

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    July 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm |