Which organizations have issued guidelines on breast cancer screening?

Updated: Apr 10, 2019
  • Author: Erin V Newton, MD; Chief Editor: Marie Catherine Lee, MD, FACS  more...
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Early detection is widely endorsed by organizations that issue clinical recommendations for breast cancer care. Many expert groups have offered their recommendations for breast cancer screening, and much of the controversy lies in the fact that there is not a consensus about when to begin and end screening, how often to screen, and by what technique. These groups include the following;

  • American Cancer Society (ACS)
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
  • American College of Physicians (ACP)
  • American College of Radiology (ACR)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
  • United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

For further information, see Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Risk Factors. Also see Breast Lumps in Young Women: Diagnostic Approaches, a Critical Images slideshow, to help manage palpable breast lumps in young women.

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