Mammograms help find breast cancer in its early stages when it is potentially most curable. Despite some variance in recommendations, most medical organizations suggest that if you and your doctor agree, 40 is the age to start screening. If you are 55 or older, talk to your doctor about whether or not you can switch to screening every other year and for how long you should continue screening. This will depend upon your health and other risk factors.
Screening may also start earlier or include other test methods, such as 3D mammography (tomosynthesis), ultrasound or breast MRI in patients with dense breasts or a family history of breast cancer.
Each woman should discuss screening with her physician to decide which method and timing is best for her.
Our Guide to Mammograms will help you understand what to expect before and after a mammogram. It will also explain:
- Mammography options
- Age guidelines
- Risks and benefits of mammography
- Mammograms after breast surgery
- Where to get a mammogram
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