Mammogram guidelines from various health groups differ on when to start and how frequently to get the breast cancer screening:
-The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends mammograms every other year for average-risk women between 50 and 74. It says women in their 40s benefit less but should make their own choice after weighing the pros and cons.
-The American Cancer Society recommends annual mammograms starting at 45 and switching to every other year starting at 55. It says women 40 to 44 should make their own choice.
-The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends annual mammograms starting at 40.
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