Sweeping new U.S. breast cancer guidelines released on Monday recommend against routine mammograms for women in their 40s, and suggest women 50 to 74 only get a mammogram every other year.
The new guidelines by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an influential panel of independent experts, would sharply curtail the number of breast mammograms done in the United States, sparing women the worry of false alarms and the cost and trouble of extra tests.
But U.S. cancer experts say the altered schedule may mean more women will die from breast cancer.
Should you and your loved ones get mammograms? What are the implications for health care reform, with members of Congress looking for ways to cut costs?
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