Journal publishes new guidelines for mammograms

January 4, 2010 7:46:46 PM PST
New guidelines for mammograms are out. And they contradict recommendations just released late last year.According to two groups that specialize in breast imaging, mammograms should begin at 40 for women with an average risk of breast cancer and by 30 for high-risk women.

The American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging argue that earlier screening saves lives.

In November, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommended against routine mammograms for women in their 40s to spare them from false alarms and unnecessary biopsies.

The latest recommendations are published in the journal of the American College of Radiology.