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August 9, 1976

Medical News

JAMA. 1976;236(6):541-549. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270060003001

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Critics, defenders express views about routine mammography  Should asymptomatic women under the age of 50 be given annual mammographic screening for breast cancer?This question is being hotly debated at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American Cancer Society (ACS). The two agencies are funding a national demonstration project that has already resulted in the screening of more than 258,000 women, half of them under the age of 50 years. The reason for the newest round of debate is the advisory report of Lester Breslow, MD, dean of the School of Public Health, at UCLA, recommending that mammography for routine screening of women in the 35 to 50 age group should be discontinued.The Breslow report, one of three advisory reports requested by NCI, was to determine the net benefit of adding mammography to the annual history and physical exam in breast cancer screening. The report examined data