Screening Mammography in Women Younger Than 50 Years of Age
Sox, Harold C.
Annals of Internal Medicine. 1995 Apr 1; 122(7): 550-552.
I am uncertain about the benefits of mammography in women younger than 50 years of age, and I am concerned about the costs and the harms. Therefore, my clinical policy is to recommend screening mammography to average-risk women only when they reach 50 years of age. Three organizations that adhere to a high standard of evidence have issued guidelines that make the same recommendation. I discuss screening mammography with female patients under the age of 50 years, and particular circumstances, such as a family history of breast cancer, early menopause, or the fears of the patient, may alter the care that I provide.
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