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What are mammogram screening guidelines

07/31/2007

Question:

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?

Answer:

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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Response by:

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