Study: Women should get mammograms every 2 years

October 18, 2011 9:31:35 AM PDT
A new study on mammograms supports getting the exam every other year instead of annually.

Researchers say more than 60 percent of women who get mammograms every year for a decade will be called back at least once for extra tests that do not result in the detection of breast cancer.

Screening every other year, as a government task force recommends, drops the false alarm rate to 42 percent without a big risk of cancer being found at a late stage.

The study appears in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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