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Komen stands pat on mammograms despite new recommendations

Wed, 02 May 2012 14:14:21 CDT
By: Jim Browne

Komen stands pat on mammograms despite new recommendations More confusion over women's health is expected after two new studies this week that discourage annual mammograms for women in their forties with no high risk factors. The reports classify "high risk" as women with dense breast tissue, or a family history of cancer. It says the annual screenings generate too many false positives, and cause anxiety. Gina Morss-Fischer of the Peoria-based Susan G. Komen Foundation, says she'd prefer dealing with the anxiety than with cancer:


Morrs-Fischer says the Komen Foundation stands by its recommendation for yearly screenings for women over 40. In a commentary that came out with the new reports, the chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society says the new guidelines can refocus efforts onto women most likely to benefit from screening.


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