WASHINGTON, D.C. - For women today, turning 40 often brings birthday cake and candles. But it also brings a question: Should I get a mammogram?
Until two years ago, medical groups largely agreed women should get annual mammograms beginning at age 40. In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a group of doctors who evaluate screening tests, broke ranks by encouraging women to talk to their doctors and make up their own minds.
Yet the debate continues. Though few dispute the facts about mammograms, they often disagree on how women should act on results, says Otis Brawley, chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society.