Mammogram Guidance Changes: Invest In Your Health


Guidance for when to start getting mammograms was updated by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (opens in new tab) on Tuesday, lowering the recommended starting age to 40. It’s a good reminder that as much as you maintain investments in your stock portfolio, you should be maintaining investments in your health. 

The task force had raised the recommended starting age from 40 to 50 in 2009, according to The New York Times (opens in new tab), so this reversal is significant and demonstrates a dramatic new outlook on the screenings. There has been an apparent increase in cancer diagnoses in women under 50, per the Times, and there is still a stark difference in survival rates for Black women diagnosed with breast cancer. 


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