On Mammogram Recommendation, An Intense Debate



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Recommendations from an independent panel that most women don't need mammograms in their 40s, and should get one every two years starting at 50 have spurred intense debate. The recommendation is contrary to the American Cancer Society's long-standing position that women should get annual mammograms starting at age 40. Dr. Therese Bevers, medical director of the Cancer Prevention Center at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and Barron Lerner, author of Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear, and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America, offer their insight.

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