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SPECIAL REPORT: Are new mammogram guidelines putting women's health at risk?

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Local doctors are concerned that new recommendations for mammograms will cost women their lives.

The American Cancer Society has now raised the recommended age for a woman without breast cancer symptoms to have her first mammogram from 40 to 45. Another group has upped that age to 50 and advises women to get mammograms every two years.

Nearly 20 percent of breast cancer hits women in their 40s.

Louisville cancer doctors like Dr. Lane Roland worry that, if women follow the new advice, many will pay the price.

"If somebody tells me 'Well you don't have to get this till you're 50, don't have to go get your breast compressed, and deal with potentially having to come back,' yes, I think some women may opt out of that, and it may cost them their lives," Roland said. 

In a WDRB special assignment, David Scott explains why the Cancer Society has raised the recommended age for mammographies and the concerns that change is based on flawed data.

Tonight at 6 & 11 on WDRB News.

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