May 10, 2023
Public Health/Prevention | Tea Leaves
  • The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released new guidance Tuesday advising that women begin receiving annual breast cancer screenings at age 40 instead of its previous recommendation of 50, citing updated science. The independent volunteer panel of physicians’ recommendation was Grade B, meaning the task force believes with high certainty this guidance has a “moderate to substantial” net benefit. This guidance is an update on the task force’s final recommendation in 2016 that advised women to individually decide in their 40s when to start getting screened. (Articles here, here, here, and here)