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What are mammogram screening guidelines



Organizations promote different guidelines for screening mammograms. Why does it differ? ACS states Women 40 years and over should have an annual mamm and others say a baseline mamm needs to be done at age 35-40. With the density of breast tissue in younger females, when should a healthy woman with no previous or family history begin screening mammograms?


The ACS also recommends a baseline mammogram between the ages of 35 and 40.

A woman with no breast abnormalities on examination and no personal or family history of breast cancer should get a baseline screening mammogram between the ages of 35 and 40 and then yearly after age 40.



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Jean T Stevenson, MD, FACS Jean T Stevenson, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University