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Screening Mammography for Younger Women: Back to Basics

Harold Sox, MD, Editor
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Ann Intern Med. 2002;137(5_Part_1):361-362. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-137-5_Part_1-200209030-00014
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This issue of Annals adds fuel to the breast cancer screening debate. It contains the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's recommendations on breast cancer screening, a summary of the supporting evidence, an editorial about dealing responsibly with conflicting evidence, and a report from the Canadian National Breast Screening Study (CNBSS). The CNBSS randomly assigned 50 304 women age 40 to 49 years to receive mammography and breast examinations five times annually or to receive usual care. The article in this issue by Miller and colleagues (1), the third report from this trial, uses data on breast cancer mortality 11 to 16 years after the first screening visit to address the question, “Is a woman less likely to die of breast cancer if she starts screening while she is in her forties?”

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