Medical community still divided on federal mammogram guidelines

5:15 PM, Jan 6, 2012   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's been more than 2 years since a government task force, looking at years of data on breast cancer, came out with new guidelines for mammograms that contradicted those of the American Cancer Society. Instead of starting regular mammograms at age 40, the task force said women, not considered high risk, could wait until 50. And instead of once a year, the task force found getting screened every 2 years was fine.

Patient advocates groups were furious, women were confused and the medical community was divided. 2 years later, the recommendations are still a contentious issue, even within some medical practices.

On our Buddy to Buddy report... We talk with 2 doctors who work together, but have opposing views on whether early, annual mammograms, really do save lives.


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