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New Mammogram Advice Raises Concerns


NEW YORK (AP) - Women in their 40s are reacting with confusion and skepticism over the recommendations of a government task force concerning mammograms.  KTEN's Chris Severy reports.

The task force says most women don't need mammograms in their 40s and should get one every two years starting at 50. That's a stunning reversal and a break with the American Cancer Society's long-standing position. What's more, the panel said breast self-exams do no good, and women shouldn't be taught to do them.  Breast cancer survivors who were diagnosed at a young age are among the more vocal critics of the new guidelines.  That includes Bonham resident Amanda Ashlack, diagnosed at the age of 30, who says, "If you feel something that doesn't feel right, go straight to your doctor and let them know.  Don't wait till you turn 40 or now they're trying to pass where you go 50 and they're saying that self exams are not even worth it.  Well, they are, 'cause that's how I found mine."  For its part, the American Cancer Society has been recommending annual mammograms beginning at 40, and it's staying with that position.