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Mammography in Women Age 40-49

The Bottom Line

Screening mammography in women aged 40 and 49 leads to a small reduction in breast cancer mortality at the expense of an increase in unnecessary testing and procedures. The evidence does not support universal screening. Decisions about mammography should include a discussion of the patient’s values and preferences.

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  1. Reference A : USPSTF Screening for Breast Cancer 2009
  2. Reference B : Gotzsche PC, Nielsen M. Screening for breast cancer with mammography. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 1. Art. No.:CD001877. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001877.pub4