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The Big Squeeze: A Social and Political History of the Controversial Mammogram

Handel Reynolds


In 2009, an influential panel of medical experts ignited a controversy when they recommended that most women should not begin routine mammograms to screen for breast cancer until the age of fifty, reversing guidelines they had issued just seven years before when they recommended forty as the optimal age to start getting mammograms. While some praised the new recommendation as sensible given the smaller benefit women under fifty derive from mammography, many women's groups, health care advocates, and individual women saw the guidelines as privileging financial considerations over women's health ... More

Keywords: mammograms, breast cancer, mammography, women, health care, women's groups, preventive health care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450938
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450938.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Handel Reynolds, author
Indiana University