There has been some debate as to when women should undergo regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer, but it is agreed upon that screening should be done to help prevent and fight the disease.USA Today
reports that experts on both sides of the debate have found that while mammograms have helped catch countless incidences of breast cancer, they have also missed cases as well.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force had altered its recommendation for breast cancer screenings from age 40 to age 50 as to when women should begin to be screened. Many people were upset at this change, and so the task force altered their recommendation once again, saying that screenings should be an "individual decision" before the age of 50, the news source reports.
The task force based their decision on calculations and the incidences of false positives, which are estimated to occur in half of all women in their 40s who undergo a mammogram.
Experts encourage women to speak with their personal physician to determine the best screening regimen for them. Those with a family history of cancer may want to consult their doctor and devise a plan.