Brian Sprague, Ph.D.
(MAY 10, 2023) A federal health task force now recommends that all women with an average risk of breast cancer start screening every other year beginning at age 40 — rather than at age 50, as was recommended in the previous update in 2016, WCAX-TV reported. Brian Sprague, Ph.D., professor of surgery and biochemistry, hopes this will reverse the decline in breast cancer screening across all age groups — including those who were supposed to continue getting mammograms — that UVM Cancer Center research has shown for the past several years.
"I’m hoping this will help. I think these new recommendations reaffirm the value of mammography screening for all women over the age of 40 and it’ll be a more clear message and a simpler message to say start screening at age 40 and continuous screening regularly,” Sprague says.