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Opinion: Options during cancer are yours only

Published 11/25/2009, Republic columnist

There’s a lot of good to be said for medical research, but sometimes the recommendations of new studies make me wonder how things can change so suddenly.
I wondered that last week when a new federal report on breast-cancer screening upended 30 years’ worth of recommendations about selfexams and annual mammograms. Women 49 and younger and with no factors that put them in a high-risk category apparently don’t need a mammogram until they reach 50, and then they only need one every other year, the new report said.

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