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Task force: Mammograms an option at 40, do more good at 50

Mammograms do the most good later in life, a government task force declared Monday in recommending that women get one every other year starting at age 50. It said 40-somethings should make their own choice after weighing the pros and cons.

Task force: Mammograms an option at 40, do more good at 50

WASHINGTON – Mammograms do the most good later in life, a government task force declared Monday in recommending that women get one every other year starting at age 50. It said 40-somethings should make their own choice after weighing the pros and cons.

Cancer-screening money available from Spokane health district

The Spokane Regional Health District wants to get the word out that it has money available for breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings. Over the past year, district officials have seen a puzzling drop in the number of clients served by the program, raising concerns that low-income community members aren’t getting the screenings.

Sebelius urges individual choices on mammograms

WASHINGTON – A top federal health official said Wednesday that the controversial new guidelines for breast cancer screening do not represent government policy, as the Obama administration sought to keep the debate over mammograms from undermining the prospects for health care reform. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in a written statement, said the new guidelines had “caused a great deal of confusion and worry among women and their families across this country,” and she stressed that they were issued by “an outside independent panel of doctors and scientists who … do not set federal policy and … don’t determine what services are covered by the federal government.”

Federal panel urges changes in breast cancer screening

Women in their 40s should stop routinely having annual mammograms and older women should cut back to one scheduled exam every other year, an influential federal task force has concluded, challenging the use of one of the most common medical tests.