What age was recommended for an initial mammogram in 2009?

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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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