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Mammograms No Help Before Age 50

Breast Cancer Experts Tell Women What They Should Do

What Should Women Do? continued...

Smith: "This does not change the American Cancer Society's position on mammography." That position: Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year.

Miller: "We are not telling women to do nothing. We are telling women to do quite a lot. Women must be trained to perform self exams and, if they are worried, to see their doctors."

Baines: "What I tell women is to be aware of their breasts. We should look for changes and for [differences] compared to the last time we looked. It doesn't require breast self-examination to do this. It is a question of looking in the mirror and saying, 'Hey, one round part of my breast isn't as round,' or 'One part is thicker than before.' Then go to your doctor and insist on a diagnostic mammogram. I know all this is difficult. We need a better tool for early detection."

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