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...But over the past few decades, the limitations of this approach have become increasingly apparent to researchers, physicians and other advocacy groups: Early detection may not save lives, and it can lead to unnecessary procedures. Yet the ACS has continued to insist that early detection was still the best way to find and treat the disease, and it demanded that Americans not skimp on regular breast exams and mammograms.Finally, this past week, the organization announced a new policy. It conceded that women at average risk for breast cancer should begin annual screening at age 45 - not age 40, as previously prescribed - and that screening can become less frequent after age 54. Why did it take the nation's most fervent anti-cancer group so long to grapple with new facts? ...NDTV on Oct. 24, 2015, midnight