Mammogram screenings play an important role in the early detection of breast cancer and breast disease. The American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines for screenings:
- Yearly mammograms should start at age 40 and continue every year, as long as you’re healthy.
- Clinical breast exams should occur about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s, and every year for women 40 and older.
- You should know how your breasts normally look and feel and report any breast changes to your healthcare provider right away. Performing a breast self-exam is an option for women starting in their 20s.
Some women—due to their family history, a genetic tendency or certain other factors—should be screened with an MRI in addition to mammograms. Talk with a doctor about your history and whether you should have other tests or start testing at an earlier age.
Source: American Cancer Society, August 19, 2015.
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