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cobweb icon Archived: Breast Cancer: Screening

Original Release Date: November 2009

This version of this topic is currently archived and inactive. It should be used for historical purposes only.

For more information about the recommendations on screening for breast cancer, click here.

Archived: Recommendation Summary

Summary of Recommendations

PopulationRecommendationGrade
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Women, Age 50-74 Years

The USPSTF recommends biennial screening mammography for women 50-74 years.

B
Women, Before the Age of 50 Years

The decision to start regular, biennial screening mammography before the age of 50 years should be an individual one and take patient context into account, including the patient's values regarding specific benefits and harms. 

C
Women, 75 Years and Older

The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the benefits and harms of screening mammography in women 75 years and older.

Go to the Clinical Considerations section for information on risk assessment and suggestions for practice regarding the I statement.

I
All Women

The USPSTF recommends against teaching breast self-examination (BSE). 

D
Women, 40 Years and Older

The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the additional benefits and harms of clinical breast examination (CBE) beyond screening mammography in women 40 years or older.

Go to the Clinical Considerations section for information on risk assessment and suggestions for practice regarding the I statement.

I
All Women

The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the additional benefits and harms of either digital mammography or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) instead of film mammography as screening modalities for breast cancer.

Go to the Clinical Considerations section for information on risk assessment and suggestions for practice regarding the I statement.

I

On December 4, 2009, the USPSTF unanimously voted to update the language of their recommendation regarding women under 50 years of age to clarify their original and continued intent. 

 

Archived: Related Information for Consumers

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Archived: Clinical Summary

Clinical summaries are one-page documents that provide guidance to primary care clinicians for using recommendations in practice.

This summary is intended for use by primary care clinicians.

 
Current as of: January 2016

Internet Citation: Final Update Summary: Breast Cancer: Screening. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. January 2016.
https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/breast-cancer-screening?ds=1&s=breast cancer screening

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