Researchers report that women and healthcare providers have ignored U.S. Preventative Services Task Force’s 2009 recommendations against routine breast cancer screenings for women ages 40-49. Analyzing survey answers from 28,000 women, researchers discovered that mammogram rates did not decline in any age group from 2008-2011 despite these recommendations. In 2009, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force discouraged routine screenings in women ages 40-49 because the diagnostic carries more risks than benefits in this age group. The recommendations were met with controversy in the mass media and medical literature, as they defy the basic logic of early detection saving lives. However, the seemingly harmless mammograms do carry some risk, and false positives can lead to more testing and unnecessary invasive treatments. The study was published in the April 19 online edition of the journal Cancer.