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American Cancer Society alters breast cancer screening guidelines

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New guidelines from the American Cancer Society say women with an average risk should start having mammograms at the age of 45 and be examined once a year until age 54, and then every other year that they are in good health. It’s a change from the influential group’s long-standing recommendations that advised women with an average risk for breast cancer to screen early (at age 40) and frequently (every year). The American Cancer Society also said it no longer recommends clinical breast exams for women of any age who have shown no abnormality in the breasts.

Read the full guideline changes at the American Cancer Society.

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