Hm, interesting. The article does state that the recommendation is for those without a family history of breast cancer and in that light it would make sense not to have a yearly mammogram if there were no changes in breast health and no family history of breast issues. I wondered if there might be mention of the exposure to xrays during the procedure outweighed the benefits of getting a mammogram with no prior history but I didn't see that in the piece.
I do take issue with this statement from the article: "Instead of giving people elaborate instructions to do self-exams, we should educate them to pay close attention to changes in the bodies." First, a breast self-exam doesn't require elaborate instructions. There used to be little cards with three-step instructions that were plastered everywhere in the communal dorm showers at my college and those were pretty clear. Second, it's hard to detect a change in the body unless you examine the body. I think it would be more effective to educate patients on doing self exams and have screening mammograms every other year as this article suggests.