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Mammography for older women?

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Those participating in the recent controversies as to whether mammography screening every 2 years is adequate in women over the age of 50 years, engendered by the latest (2009) recommendations of the US Preventive Services Task Force on breast screening, have overlooked several issues [1]. One is that the Swedish Two-County trial, the screening trial most often cited as showing a major impact of mammography screening on breast cancer mortality, did not use annual mammography in women over the age of 50 years, but instead used mammography every 33 months [2].

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