Mixed reception to raised mammogram age

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       New recommendations say that yearly mammograms for women between ages 40 and 50 are more likely to cause anxiety than prevent breast cancer.

       The guidelines were released Monday by a task force of independent experts, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, appointed by the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

       The problem with low-risk women being screened is that false-positives can lead to unnecessary tests, The New York Times said. Mammograms can find imperceptible, slow-growing cancers that a woman would never notice otherwise.

       The recommendations caused investors to question the need for breast-cancer screening products like Selenia, evidenced in low shares Tuesday for the company that produces the detection tool, the Wall Street Journal said.

       Many middle-aged women registered their comments on the New York Times website in response to the guidelines.  Their reactions ranged from relief to skepticism, the latter particularly in those who had personally encountered breast cancer through friends or loved ones.

         

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