What are the USPSTF guidelines on breast cancer screening?

Updated: Oct 17, 2016
  • Author: Nagwa Dongola, MD, FRCR; Chief Editor: Peter Eby, MD  more...
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The 2016 screening mammography recommendations are as follows:

  • No requirement for routine screening mammography in women aged 40 to 49 years (Grade C recommendation); the decision to start regular, biennial screening mammography before the age of 50 years should be an individual one and take into account patient context, including the patient's values regarding specific benefits and harms

  • Biennial screening mammography for women between the ages of 50 and 74 years (Grade B recommendation)

  • Insufficient current evidence to assess the additional benefits and harms of screening mammography in women 75 years or older

  • Insufficient current evidence to assess the additional benefits and harms of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) as a primary screening method for breast cancer

  • Insufficient current evidence to assess the additional benefits and harms of adjunctive screening for breast cancer using breast ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging, DBT, or other methods in women identified to have dense breasts on an otherwise negative screening mammogram


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