A new study says for older women, annual mammograms are not necessary – screenings every two years is enough.
Researchers at the University of California San Francisco found that screening women ages 66-74 every year does not increase the likelihood that the women will be diagnosed with cancer.
The researchers went on to say in their study that almost half the women who did have annual mammograms were given false positive results, which leads to unnecessary follow-up testing.
This new study, found in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, echoes the recommendations of the U.S. Preventative Task Force, which tells women ages 50-74 to get a mammogram every two years. However the American Cancer Society recommends women 40 and older have a mammogram every year.
Before you make your decision, talk to your doctor about your own personal risk factors.