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NATION : Groups Urge Yearly Mammograms

June 27, 1989|From Times wire services

WASHINGTON — Nearly a dozen health organizations recommended today that women have a mammogram every one to two years beginning at age 40 to aid the early detection of breast cancer.

The guidelines, issued to end confusion over conflicting recommendations, call for a yearly mammogram for all women 50 and older.

"We know we can save lives using this technique," said Charles P. Duvall, president-elect of the American Society of Internal Medicine.

The recommendations apply only to women who have no symptoms or signs of breast cancer. They say the test should be accompanied by a physical examination.

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