Study raises new questions about yearly mammograms

A woman is seen getting a mammogram.

February 11, 2014 8:47:26 PM PST
A new study is raising new questions about the benefits of women age 40-to-59 getting yearly mammograms.

During the 25-year-long study, two groups of women in that age range received physical breast exams, but only one group received annual mammograms.

Researchers found that the women who got regular mammograms had the same breast cancer death rate as those who did not.

The study suggests women in that age group could spare some unnecessary worry and forgo regular mammograms until age 60 and just have physical breast exams.