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The Government has released new information when it comes to mammograms.

A government task force now says most women don't need a mammogram in their 40s and should wait until they turn 50, at which point get one every two years. a government task force said Monday.

The government panel of doctors and scientists concluded that getting screened for breast cancer so early and so often leads to too many false alarms and unneeded biopsies without substantially improving women's odds of survival. And, of course many worry about the risks of exposure to mammogram radiation - which some say could lead to cancer.

This comes in conflict with the American Cancer Society's long-standing position. The ACS has been recommending annual mammograms beginning at 40.

Joleen Ferris will be catching up with hospitals as well as a rep from the Cancer Society to talk about the two forces being at odds.

The task force also said breast self-exams don't do any good and women shouldn't be shown how to used them.

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