New analysis backs annual mammograms

January 26, 2011 2:31:36 PM PST
A new U.S. analysis is backing annual mammograms, adding more fuel to the debate.

This new analysis of evidence used by a U.S. advisory panel to roll back breast cancer screening guidelines suggests it may have ignored evidence that more frequent mammograms save more lives. It found mammograms, starting at 40, save 65,000 more women from breast cancer than mammograms done every other year in women 50 and older.

In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued controversial screening guidelines. They recommended against routine mammograms for women in their 40s and said women in their 50s should get mammograms every other year instead of annually.