In 2009, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommended that women not have regular screenings between the ages of 40 and 49.
New research shows that women benefit from beginning screening at 40. A recent study published by Harvard researchers and current research from the Intermountain Medical Center Breast Care Center shows the increasing importance and value of getting the screenings in that age range for women.
The Harvard study looked at 7,300 women, 609 of whom died of breast cancer. Seventy-one percent of those who died had not had a regular screening. Fifty percent were under the age of 50.
"Bonnie's case really underscores the need for women to be vigilant in doing monthly self exams and having a screening mammogram once they turn 40," Parkinson said.
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