Mammogram guidelines challenged

June 24, 2009 4:32:38 PM PDT
Research by a San Francisco doctor contradicts current guidelines on mammograms.

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Doctor Steven Cummings of California Pacific Medical Center studied tests that measure breast density, and says they are more accurate in predicting breast cancer risk, than studies found tests measuring breast density is an accurate measurement of breast cancer risk.

With that in mind, he believes women with low breast density and clear mammograms don't need to have an annual mammogram. Instead, they could wait every two or three years for the cancer testing.

The study findings are being presented at the annual breast density workshop in San Francisco.

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