Mammography is the primary tool used to screen for breast cancer and other problems.
Mammography uses x-ray technology to view the breasts.
For women at average risk of breast cancer, screening mammography is recommended every 1-2 years beginning at age 40. If you have not started screening in your 40s, you should start having mammography no later than 50 years of age. Screening should continue until at least age 75.
Talk with your doctor about mammography and breast health.
If you are aged 40 years or older, you can start the conversation with these questions:
- What are my chances of having breast cancer?
- When should I start getting regular mammograms?
- How often should I get them?
- You can ask more specific questions based on your age.
If you are aged 40–49 years:
- What are the pros and cons of getting mammograms before I turn 50?
If you are aged 50–75 years:
- What are the pros and cons of getting mammograms every 2 years instead of every year?
- If you are older than 75 years:
- Do I need to keep having mammograms?
You and your ob-gyn or other health care professional should share information, talk about your wishes, and agree on when and how often you will have breast screening. Call today to schedule your regular exam.