What are the USPSTF guidelines for breast cancer screening?

Updated: Feb 04, 2021
  • Author: Pavani Chalasani, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: John V Kiluk, MD, FACS  more...
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Since 2009 the USPSTF has recommended biennial screening mammography for women aged 50-74 years (grade B recommendation). The USPSTF recommends against routine screening mammography in women aged 40-49 years because of high rates of false-negative findings, perceived harm of unnecessary biopsy, and concern for the harm associated with overdiagnosis and overtreatment (grade C recommendation). [97]

Instead of routine screening for women 40-49 years old, the USPSTF recommends that clinicians provide screening to selected patients in this age range, depending on individual circumstances and patient preferences. The USPSTF further concluded that for most individuals without signs or symptoms, there is likely to be only a small benefit from screening.

Finally, the USPSTF recommends against teaching breast self-examination and concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the benefits and harms of clinical breast examination in women aged 40 years or older or the benefits and harms of screening mammography in women aged 75 years or older.

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