publication date: Jan. 16, 2016

USPSTF Recommends Biennial Mammography Screening for Women Ages 50 to 74 

 

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published its final recommendation statement on screening for breast cancer, delivering a B rating for mammography screening every two years in women between ages 50 and 74.

The task force also recommended selectively offering mammography to women below age 50, saying that the decision to begin that screening should be an individual one. The USPSTF gave this age group a C recommendation.

“Women who place a higher value on the potential benefit than the potential harms may choose to begin biennial screening between the ages of 40 and 49 years,” the task force wrote in its recommendations.

“For women who are at average risk for breast cancer, most of the benefit of mammography results from biennial screening during ages 50 to 74 years. Of all of the age groups, women aged 60 to 69 years are most likely to avoid breast cancer death through mammography screening.

“While screening mammography in women aged 40 to 49 years may reduce the risk for breast cancer death, the number of deaths averted is smaller than that in older women and the number of false-positive results and unnecessary biopsies is larger. The balance of benefits and harms is likely to improve as women move from their early to late 40s.”

The task force also issued three “I statements,” saying that evidence was insufficient to recommend screening mammography in women over the age of 75; to assess digital breast tomosynthesis as a primary screening method for … Continue reading 42-02 USPSTF Recommends Biennial Mammography Screening for Women Ages 50 to 74

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