MOST EX­PERTS SAY GET A MAM­MO­GRAM AT 40

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Al­though the U.S. Pre­ven­tive Ser­vices Task

Force ad­vises women who have an av­er­age breast can­cer risk to wait un­til age 50, many groups rec­om­mend start­ing at 40, in­clud­ing the Na­tional Can­cer In­sti­tute and the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Ob­ste­tri­cians and Gy­ne­col­o­gists. (The Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety says women should def­i­nitely start at 45.) “One out of six breast can­cers oc­curs in peo­ple in their 40s,” says Lau­rie Mar­golies, M.D., sys­tem chief of breast imag­ing at the Du­bin Breast Cen­ter at the Mount Si­nai Health Sys­tem in New York.

The down­side is that young women are more prone to false pos­i­tives, which can lead to un­nec­es­sary tests. But ev­ery ex­pert we in­ter­viewed for this story said they felt the pros of start­ing at 40 out­weighed the cons.

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