EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

A January 2016 consensus conference will bring together major organizations and women’s healthcare providers to evaluate and interpret available data to develop uniform national guidelines on breast cancer screening.

  • The conference comes on the heels of the American Cancer Society’s October 2015 recommendations, which advise that women should begin having yearly mammograms at age 45 and should change to having mammograms every other year beginning at age 55. The new guidance does not recommend clinical breast examination for breast cancer screening among average-risk women at any age.
  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists continues to recommend that women, starting at age 40, continue mammography screening every year. It recommends a clinical breast exam ever year for women ages 19 and older.