In 1997, a federal committee of medical experts recommended against routine mammograms for women in their 40s, sparking a political uproar that led to congressional hearings and a unanimous Senate vote challenging the findings, the Washington Post
reports. Now, a similar drama is playing out around a different federal medical panel, which this week recommended against routine mammograms for women younger than 50. The findings underscore a decades-long debate in the medical community about the benefits and risks of routine breast cancer screening for younger women, the Post
reports, and plunges the advisory panel into the middle of a strident Washington discussion about healthcare.