Routine Mammograms

Fewer women in their 40s are getting routine mammograms since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force advised against regular screenings for those women in 2009.

In a new study by Mayo Clinic researchers found the controversial guidelines resulted in a nearly six percent decline in mammography rates across the United States.

The researchers compared the number of screenings that took place before the guidelines were issued, to the number of screenings that occurred after the task force's recommendation on mammography came out.

The study found a 5.72 percent drop in mammography rates for women between 40 and 49 years old.

This represents 54,000 fewer mammograms for these women over one year, the researchers said.

The Mayo Clinic and the American Cancer Society recommend that all women 40 and older have an annual mammogram.