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Women Not Diligent About Mammograms

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(ABC-TV News) Many Women Skip Scheduled Breast Cancer Screenings, New Study Shows.

Despite the outcry over mammography guideline changes, many women still don’t get screened, according to a study of utilization in more than 1.5 million women.

Annual mammography rates averaged only 50 percent in those ages 40 and older despite the fact that all patients studied had continuous insurance coverage, Dr. Milayna Subar of the benefits managment company Medco Health Solutions in Franklin Lakes, N.J., and colleagues found.

Biennial screening rates weren’t much better, with 60 percent of the women ages 40 and older having had at least two mammograms over four years, the researchers reported here at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

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