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Study: Mammograms save lives, but are also overrated

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LOS ANGELES — The idea that American women would benefit by having fewer mammograms — and having them less frequently — remains controversial. A new study tries to help women and their doctors understand why less can be more when it comes to breast cancer screening.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force was pilloried for suggesting that doctors were ordering too many mammograms to screen their patients for breast cancer. So far the expert panel hasn’t changed many minds. But in the four-plus years since that controversial recommendation, additional studies have backed it up.

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