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Systematic Review

Source: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Last Reviewed: January 2016

Workgroups: Cancer Workgroup

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that women ages 50 to 74 years get a screening mammogram every other year. USPSTF recommends that the decision to start getting mammograms before age 50 years be individualized, with women weighing the potential benefits and harms. USPSTF found insufficient evidence to assess whether the benefits of mammograms outweigh the harms in women age 75 years or older. USPSTF also found insufficient evidence to assess whether the benefits outweigh the harms of:

  • Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) as a primary screening method for breast cancer in all women
  • Breast ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging, DBT, or other methods as an adjunctive screening method for women with dense breasts but an otherwise negative screening mammogram 
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U.S. Preventive Task Force. (2016). Breast cancer: screening. Retrieved from https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/breast-cancer-screening