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American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) Changes Its Recommendations for Screening Mammography


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ACOG joins other major medical associations that recommend mammography screening be offered annually to women beginning at age 40.

July 20, 2011: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is the latest medical organization to endorse breast cancer screening guidelines that recommend mammography screening annually for women beginning at age 40. Previous ACOG guidelines recommended mammograms every one to two years starting at age 40, and annually beginning at age 50.

"The updating of ACOG guidelines is great news and is a big step towards decreasing controversy and confusion about screening mammography," says Cristina Campassi, M.D., director of breast imaging at the University of Maryland Breast Center.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists cited the high incidence of breast cancer in the U.S. and the potential to reduce deaths from it when caught early. According to their press release: "The five-year survival rate is 98% for women whose breast cancer tumors are discovered at their earliest stage, before they are palpable and when they are small and confined to the breast."

ACOG's guidelines now correspond to those of all other major medical associations with demonstrated expertise in breast cancer care, including the American College of Radiology (ACR), the Society of Breast Imaging, the American Cancer Society, ACR, Society of Breast Imaging (SBI), American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD) and many others.

Read the full ACOG statement.

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This page was last updated on: October 10, 2011.