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Study Supports Mammograms for Women 40 and Up

04/25/16

  03:14:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 210 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Research

Study Supports Mammograms for Women 40 and Up

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A new study suggests that women turning 40 may benefit from regular mammograms, challenging other recent recommendations that women can wait until the age of 45 or 50 to begin screenings. Findings from the research were presented at the American Society of Breast Surgeons annual meeting in Dallas earlier this month.

MedBen's worksite wellness program, WellLiving, continues to recommend that women start getting mammograms at age 40 every two years until their physician decides not to order the screening.

According to HealthDay, the review of female patients between the ages of 40 and 44 found that 50% had an above-average risk for breast cancer, and therefore would be eligible to begin screening mammography at age 40. The study also found a significant percentage of women would qualify for other breast screening methods, including breast MRI and genetic testing.

"We believe formal risk assessment is essential for women ages 40 to 44 in order to identify those who require screening mammography to start at the age of 40, and those who would qualify for screening MRIs and genetic testing," said Dr. Jennifer Plichta, a breast surgery fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

MedBen WellLiving clients can access a wellness compliance page via MedBen Access to check if they are due for mammograms and other cancer screenings.

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