Mammography screening guidelines

Carolyn Vachani RN, MSN, AOCN
The Abramson Cancer Center of the Univers
Last Modified: June 18, 2009

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Question
Dear OncoLink "Ask the Experts,"
Do you have suggested references for mammography screening guidelines?


Answer

Carolyn Vachani RN, MSN, AOCN, OncoLink's Nurse Educator, responds:

The American Cancer Society provides guidelines for screening mammography, which were updated in 2007 to include information about women at higher risk. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force also provides recommendations for breast cancer screening. These were last updated in 2002.


News
Canadian Task Force Issues Breast CA Screening Guidelines

Nov 22, 2011 - For women at average risk of breast cancer, routine mammography screening is not recommended for 40- to 49-year-olds, and is recommended every two to three years for 50- to 74-year-olds, according to the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care's screening guidelines published in the Nov. 22 issue of CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.



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