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Minority women often develop breast cancer in their 40s

New breast cancer requirements from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force may be a detriment to women in their 40s, especially minority women, according to a report from Reuters.

The new specifications do not encourage women in their 40s to receive annual mammograms, a suggestion that the American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends.

"For some Asian women and other minorities, the peak incidence [of breast cancer] is a decade earlier [in their 40s]. The guidelines are not ethnicity-specific. That's an important point. Whether or not you agree with the general recommendations for average groups, then certainly for minorities and certain subgroups, those recommendations need to be altered," said Sheldon Feldman.

Feldman is the chief of breast surgery at Columbia University Medical Center as well as the chairman of the American Society of Breast Surgeons publication committee.

According to the ACS, one in eight women will develop breast cancer and more than 200,000 women were newly diagnosed last year alone. The disease affects men as well, but at a much lower rate.
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