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January 12, 1994

Mammographic Screening

Author Affiliations

From the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC (Dr Davis) and the UCLA Breast Center, Los Angeles, Calif (Dr Love).

JAMA. 1994;271(2):152-153. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510260084035
Abstract

Since 1987, the United States has stood alone among major developed countries in having encouraged asymptomatic women under 50 years of age to undergo screening mammography, although US mortality rates for women these ages continue to mirror those of other Western countries.1 Recent reports in JAMA and elsewhere compel a reexamination of this policy.

Diagnostic mammographic evaluation is indicated at any age if a woman has a lump or other signs of disease. In contrast to diagnostic assessments, screening mammography is a routine measure seeking to detect latent disease in asymptomatic women, in order to provide treatment, which may increase the likelihood of a cure.2

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