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SCREENING

Breast CancerWith Mammography -- Women 50-74 Years

GRADE

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SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS

The USPSTF recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 50 to 74 years.

The Department of Health and Human Services, in implementing the Affordable Care Act under the standard it sets out in revised Section 2713(a)(5) of the Public Health Service Act, utilizes the 2002 recommendation on breast cancer screening of the USPSTF. This recommendation states: The USPSTF recommends screening mammography, with or without clinical breast examination (CBE), every 1-2 years for women aged 40 and older (B recommendation). We provide this information here to help primary care providers understand the implications this may have on co-payments and coverage related to screening patients for breast cancer.

FREQUENCY OF SERVICE

The USPSTF recommends biennial (every 2 years) screening.

RISK FACTOR INFORMATION

Increasing age is the most important risk factor for breast cancer for most women. Women without known deleterious genetic mutations (such as BRCA1 or BRCA2) may still have other demographic, physical, or historical risk factors for breast cancer, but none conveys a clinically important absolute increased risk for cancer.


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