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Imnett Habtes, Danielle Friedman, Cheryl Raskind-Hood, Kathleen Adams, Edmund R. Becker, Carl D'Orsi, George Birdsong, Kathleen Gundry, Ruth O'Regan and Sheryl G. A. Gabram Determining the impact of US mammography screening guidelines on patient survival in a predominantly African American population treated in a public hospital during 2008 Cancer 119

Article first published online: 1 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.27698

The modeled implementation of later and less frequent mammography screening as a potential impact of the revised 2009 US Preventive Service Task Force guidelines may cause women to be diagnosed at later stages of breast cancer. Public hospitals that serve predominantly African American women appear to be disproportionately negatively impacted by the guideline revision, because this population tends to develop earlier and more aggressive breast cancer; thus, health care providers should prioritize discussions regarding the benefits and risks of annual mammographic screening, especially among women who have a potentially greater risk of developing breast cancer at a younger age.

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