New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently shared new guidelines for breast cancer screening. The organization advises women to begin receiving mammograms at the age of 40, instead of the previously recommended starting age of 50.

Additionally, the USPSTF recommends getting mammograms every other year until the age of 74.

According to the organization, changes were made to screening guidelines based on  “new and more inclusive science.” Scientific research has found that more women are being diagnosed with breast cancer in their forties, and with more aggressive cases.

Routine screenings and the early detection of breast cancer can save lives. The USPSTF estimates that screening women at the age of 40 can save close to 20% more lives from the disease.

The newly updated USPSTF breast screening guidelines were created for people assigned female at birth, with an average risk of developing breast cancer.  Those who have a history of cancer or are at a higher risk of developing the disease should speak with their doctor for individualized recommendations.

To speak with a doctor at Flushing Hospital Medical Center about breast cancer screenings or assessing your risk, please call 718-670-5486 to schedule an appointment.

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