Mammogram Guidance Changes: Invest In Your Health

Health experts have lowered the recommended age to start getting mammograms.

A doctor demonstrates a mammogram machine to a patient.
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Guidance for when to start getting mammograms was updated by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force 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, 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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Alexandra Svokos
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Alexandra Svokos is the senior digital editor of Kiplinger. She holds an MBA from NYU Stern in finance and management and a BA in economics and creative writing from Columbia University. Alexandra has a decade of experience in journalism and previously served as the senior editor of digital for ABC News, where she directed daily news coverage across topics through major events of the early 2020s for the network's website, including stock market trends, the remote and return-to-work revolutions, and the national economy. Before that, she pioneered politics and election coverage for Elite Daily and went on to serve as the senior news editor for that group. 

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