AMA Affirms 40 as Age for Mammograms, Calls for Increased Coverage

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Three new AMA policy recommendations were announced today at the annual meeting of the association, including a position that 40 should be the new mandatory age for mammography, and that insurers should adjust their coverages accordingly.

A spokesperson for the AMA said that mammography can aid early detection of breast cancers, thereby increasing survival rates for patients.

“All patients are different and have varying degrees of cancer risk, and patients should regularly talk with their doctors to determine if mammography screening is right for them,” said Patrice A. Harris, who was quoted in an AMA press release from the event.