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Research Letter
December 2018

Trends in Mammography Use Among Women Aged 40 to 49 Years With a History of Breast Cancer

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan
  • 2Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 3Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Detroit
  • 4Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 5Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Center for Clinical Management Research, Ann Arbor, Michigan
JAMA Surg. 2018;153(12):1153-1154. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.2690

Mammography screening reduces mortality from breast cancer (BC) through early detection; however, the optimal age for initiation of screening among US women at average risk for BC is controversial. Personal BC history is a well-documented risk factor for developing a new breast tumor, with rates ranging from 0.25% to 1% per year.1 An annual screening mammogram is therefore incorporated into BC survivorship plans unless the patient has undergone a bilateral mastectomy2,3

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