The evolving breast cancer screening recommendation

Some organizations argue early screening helps with early detection

(CNN) – There are so many different recommendations when it comes to breast cancer screenings, it can get confusing.

According to a new survey in an Internal Medicine Journal, many primary care physicians and gynecologists are still recommending breast cancer screenings for women between the ages of 40 and 44.

However, health organizations remain divided on when women should begin regular mammograms. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend annual screenings starting at age 40.

In 2015, the American Cancer Society relaxed its guidelines, recommending women with an average risk of breast cancer wait until they are 45 for regular screenings.

Meanwhile the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends mammograms every two years starting at 50. Some organizations argue early screening helps with early detection. Opponents say it’s more likely to lead to over diagnosis and false positive results.

For patients, it could lead to unnecessary anxiety, discomfort and financial costs, as screening guidelines continue to evolve. The author of the survey said the important thing is to stay informed.