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Lee Wilke, MD, professor of surgery and director of the UW Health Breast Center, appeared on WISC-TV News 3 to discuss the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) updated recommendations for breast cancer screening. The ACS now says women with an average risk of breast cancer should start getting mammograms at 45 years old instead of 40. That’s in contrast with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which recommend starting mammograms at 40 and 50, respectively.

Dr. Wilke emphasizes these are recommendations for women at average risk of breast cancer and each patient should discuss their own screening schedule with a doctor. “I think what’s most important is that women find out what their risk is by working with their doctors to determine if they are at average, intermediate, or high-risk for breast cancer,” Wilke says.

“New breast cancer screening guidelines means less screening” aired on WISC-TV News 3 on October 22. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System