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New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

Yearly Mammograms for 40+, but no More Monthly Self-Exams

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"Other technologies may offer benefits as adjuncts to mammography," she says. "For women at increased risk these can be used as screening tools in addition to, but not instead of, mammography."

Amy Langer, who is a breast cancer survivor and the executive director of the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations, tells WebMD there is no longer any reason for women to put off breast cancer screening. Annual screenings are now covered by Medicare and most private insurers, and the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program provides mammograms for eligible women who are uninsured.

"The questions about mammography have been answered," she says. "There is nothing left to resolve. We are absolutely certain that mammography saves lives, and that annual screening is a good idea for women who are 40 and older."

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