A member asked:

Is it bad to get first mammogram in their 50's?

4 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Myron Arlen answered

Specializes in Surgical Oncology

While breast cancer is seen for the most part starting in the 30's and becoming more prevalent in the 40's more women get breast ca in their 50's. Dense breasts in early years makes reading a mammo diffiicult and the young patient can be effected by radiation. Starting in 30's best exam is a montly one after menstural period.

Answered May 2, 2014


Dr. Michael Gabor answered

Specializes in Diagnostic Radiology

Organizations like the American Cancer Society and American College of Radiology recommend starting screening at 40. There are some who recommend starting at 50. Either way, now is probably an appropriate time for you to have your first mammogram.

Answered Sep 28, 2016



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