Breast Cancer Screening – Recommendations
Official recommendations for breast cancer screenings are as follows:
If you (as the patient) and your doctor decide a breast cancer screening is wise, you may set up an appointment for a mammogram, breast MRI, or a clinical breast exam.
Summary of ACOG’s Recommendations for Screening mammography for the average Woman:
- Offered a screening starting at the age of 40 years.
- Have her screening every one to two years.
- Continue screening until at least 75 years old.
For more in-depth recommendations from ACOG, please visit their website here.
What to expect during a mammogram?
A screening mammogram uses X-ray technology to view the breasts for cancer.
If a problem is found on the x-ray or on the screening mammogram, a diagnostic mammogram and low ultrasound may be recommended. This allows more attention to the area of concern.