U.S. recommends breast cancer screenings from age 40

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Health officials in the U.S. say women should start getting mammograms at age 40 instead of waiting until they are 50.

A study led by University of Ottawa professors and the Ottawa Hospital had already found Canadian provinces that annually screen women aged 40-49 had lower proportions of advanced breast cancer compared to women aged 50-59 from provinces that did not hold annual mammograms.

Members of the media may directly contact the following experts:

Anna Wilkinson (English only)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine

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Jean Seely (English and French)

Head of Breast Imaging at The Ottawa Hospital and Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine.

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