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Here Are the Women Who Need Mammograms in Their 40s: Study
Date:5/1/2012

said. "The model doesn't take into account that earlier stage at detection requires less treatment," she said.

In an editorial accompanying the research, Dr. Otis Brawley of the American Cancer Society writes that risk-based screening -- zeroing in on those at higher risk -- can focus on the women most likely to benefit.

In the future, he predicts more emphasis will be placed on risk-based screening. "Ultimately, the preferences of individual women, recognizing the potential for harm and benefit, should be respected," he said.

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The American Cancer Society has more about mammograms.

SOURCES: Jeanne S. Mandelblatt, M.D, M.P.H., associate director for population sciences, Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Washington, D.C.,; Judith Malmgren, Ph.D., affiliate assistant professor of epidemiology, University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle; May 1, 2012, Annals of Internal Medicine


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