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Mammograms are now recommended starting at age 40. Should you get one?

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Recommendations for Mammograms Updated for Women at Average Risk of Breast Cancer #

The US Preventive Services Task Force recently revised its guidance on mammograms for women at average risk of breast cancer. The task force now recommends that most women should start receiving mammograms at the age of 40 and continue every other year until the age of 74. This is a significant change from the previous guidance, which advised starting mammograms at age 50. The updated recommendations align with other major national organizations, but individual risk factors should still be considered. Women with higher risk may require additional tests or more frequent screenings. Other tests, such as genetic testing, breast ultrasound, or breast MRI, may also be recommended based on specific risk factors. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, and avoiding smoking and heavy alcohol consumption are some preventive measures that can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.