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U.S. physicians move to more flexible mammogram schedule

(Reuters Health) - Women at average risk for breast cancer should be offered screening mammograms every year or two starting at age 40 and they should start regular screening no later than age 50, an influential U.S. group of obstetricians and gynecologists said on Thursday.

Amid divided expert opinions on whether more screenings are beneficial, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which previously recommended yearly screenings starting at age 40, wants to stress shared decision-making between women and their doctors based on their personal preferences in the new, more flexible schedule.

The updated recommendation is more in line with other prominent organizations, including the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

"We want women to feel empowered that they are participants in this process and that their values and preferences are an important part of the decision-making process," said Dr. Christopher Zahn, who is ACOG'S vice president of practice.

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