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Study: Half of women over 40 get annual mammograms

Thu, 12/09/2010 - 4:46am
MARILYNN MARCHIONE - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press

Many people disagreed when a government task force said that most women don't need annual mammograms. But new research shows that only half of women over 40 had been getting them that often to start with.

A review of insurance claims on more than 1.5 million women finds that among those 40 to 85 years old, only 50 percent were getting annual mammograms and only 60 percent had one every two years.

That's lower than government estimates, which are based on what women say in surveys, not accurate measurements.

The study was done by Medco Health Solutions, an insurance benefits manager. Results were reported Thursday at a cancer conference in San Antonio.

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