What age was recommended for an initial mammogram in 2009?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
In 2009, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), shifted the recommended age that women without a family (genetic) predisposition for cancer should have their initial mammogram to age 50, in contrast to a previous recommendation of age 40. Furthermore, they stated that healthy women between 50 and 74 should have mammograms less frequently than previously advised: every two years instead of annually. Some other organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, recommend yearly mammograms beginning at age 40.

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