May 9, 2023 – Women should start being screened for breast cancer at age 40 instead of waiting until 50, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said Tuesday in a draft recommendation statement.
The critical change in age for mammograms also includes the recommendations for screening every other year and sets a cutoff age of 74.
The task force’s ratings system shows strong confidence in the evidence for benefit from the changes, meaning that doctors should encourage their patients to get screened as appropriate.
The influential federal advisory panel last updated these recommendations in 2016. At the time, the task force recommended routine…