Women getting mammograms at a younger age

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Younger women are still getting mammograms, even though a federal task force recommends differently.

The United States Preventative Services Task Force triggered controversy nearly four years ago when they recommended that most women start routine screening for breast cancer at age 50, instead of 40.

Many groups, including the American Cancer Society, still recommend women start annual mammograms at age 40.

Doctor Paul Tartter says that while early testing can lead to unnecessary biopsies, the risk is worth the benefit.

“The cancers that mammograms pick up are the early cancers, the non-invasive cancers  that are very curable,” Dr. Tartter said.

The American Cancer Society estimates that about 232,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnoses this year in women.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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