Questions surround new mammogram advice

Doctors and patients say the new mammogram guidelines released by a government panel Monday leaves too many unanswered questions.

The task force recommends women don't start yearly screenings until age 50. The American Cancer Society?s long-standing advice is for women to begin getting regular mammograms at 40.

Many question whether the new guidelines will change how insurers cover mammograms. Empire, HIP, Vytra and Aetna all told News 12 Long Island there are no immediate plans to change their current coverage.

Dr. Paul Fisher, of the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center, says not to rule out future changes in coverage because of costs.

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