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Risk-Based Mammography Screening: An Effort to Maximize the Benefits and Minimize the Harms

Otis W. Brawley, MD
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From American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M12-0761.

Requests for Single Reprints: Otis W. Brawley, MD, American Cancer Society, 250 Williams Street, Atlanta, GA 30303; e-mail, mailto:otis.brawley@cancer.org.

Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(9):662-663. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-156-9-201205010-00012
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Two papers in this issue address mammography screening for women aged 40 to 49 years. van Ravesteyn and colleagues' comparative modeling study found that screening women in their 40s who have a 2-fold greater relative risk for breast cancer yields the same benefits as screening normal-risk women aged 50 to 74 years, and Nelson and colleagues' review defined and validated the personal factors associated with increased relative risk for breast cancer in this age group. The editorialist discusses these articles and how risk-based screening may be a more effective use of resources.



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