Updated guidelines scale back screenings for breast cancer

Updated guidelines scale back screenings for breast cancer | The Kansas City Star

New guidelines for mammograms released Tuesday by the American Cancer Society represent a significant step back from the aggressive early and universal screenings the country began 18 years ago.

The changes - which include raising the age that a woman of average risk begins regular screening from 40 to 45 - are a recognition of the growing concern that the benefits of mammograms may have been oversold, as well as the anxiety and needless treatments caused by overdiagnosis and false positives from the tests.

Richard Wender, a member of the breast cancer guideline panel and a former president