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Debate Over The Benefits Of Routine Mammograms | The Diane Rehm Show

December 12, 2012 |

It’s been generally accepted that early breast cancer detection and treatment can improve a patient's prognosis. For decades women have been advised to get an annual mammogram starting at age 40, and now there’s 3-D mammography which can improve chances of spotting something suspicious. 3-D mammography can also reduce the number of women who need to be called call-back for a follow up test, but some say widespread routine screening is leading to unnecessary treatment: Please join us to discuss the benefits and consequences of regular mammograms. Guests: Shannon Brownlee, acting director of the Health Policy Program at New America Foundation.

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