The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says women may want to consider annual mammograms starting at age 40. Their stance is in contrast to advice provided 20 months ago by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. That panel discontinued recommending routine mammograms for women in their 40s.
Members noted that whatever benefits of screening exist at that age might not offset the harm from discovering abnormalities that are benign. http://ozarksfirst.com/fulltext?nxd_id=491597
“Mammography screening is a profit-driven technology posing risks compounded by unreliability. In striking contrast, annual clinical breast examination (CBE) by a trained health professional, together with monthly breast self-examination (BSE), is safe, at least as effective, and low in cost. International programs for training nurses how to perform CBE and teach BSE are critical and overdue.” International Journal of Health Services, 31(3):605-615, 2001.http://www.preventcancer.com/patients/mammography/ijhs_mammography.htm