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Pros and cons of American Cancer Society’s new breast cancer screening guidelines

PUTANGES - MAY 15:  A nurse performs a mammography, on May 15, 2001 at Putanges, in a truck plying the department of Orne, and equipped with medical equipment for the detection of breast cancer, in the context of an operation a few years ago and launched by the general council of the Orne. The minister delegate to the Health, Bernard Kouchner, has announced, May 12, 2001, the generalization to all of France of the systematic screening of breast cancer to women of 50 to 74 years.  (Photo by MYCHELE DANIAU/AFP/Getty Images)
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The American Cancer Society has updated its cancer screening guidelines, the first time in a decade.

The American Cancer Society has updated its cancer screening guidelines, the first time in a decade.

The American Cancer Society has updated its cancer screening guidelines, the first time in a decade.

The new guidelines call for women to start annual mammogram screenings at age 45, instead of 40; and two times a year for women over the age of 55.

While these guidelines are just that -- guidelines, they’re certain to have an impact on how doctors and women approach breast cancer screening.

Would they have an effect on insurance coverage? Do they make you rethink when you should get your first mammogram?  

Guests:

Dr. Israel DeAlba,  M.D, M.P.H., Asst. Clinical Professor in internal and preventive medicines at UC Irvine Medical Center, who specializes in cancer prevention and early detection.  He is an American Cancer Society volunteer and a previously ACS-funded researcher

Dr. Dana H. Smetherman, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.R., Section Head, Breast Imaging and Vice Chair, Department of Radiology at the Ochsner Health System, a not-for-profit health care provider based in southeast Louisiana​

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