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Study defends theory that women should schedule annual mammograms at 40

There has been a continuous debate surrounding what the proper age is for women to start scheduling their annual mammograms. A new study defends the recommendation that women should make appointments for screenings starting at age 40.

The study, which was conducted by researchers from the Elizabeth Wende Breast Care LLC in Rochester, New York, found that family history is not the only risk factor for women to be diagnosed with breast cancer at an earlier age.

One of the main problems people have with screening younger women is that "you find small cancers that will never be a problem. But we found a considerable number that can't wait," study leader Dr. Stamatia Destounis told WebMD. "Invasive breast cancers can spread and kill."

According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is it the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.
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