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A 74-year-old female asked:

Should women over 70 years old continue to have mammograms and pelvic exams .?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Yes: Mammograms should be continued until about the age of 85. The best chance for detecting breast cancer is the mammogram. Pelvic exams are important until about that same age as the risk for ovarian cancer is greatest at the ages of 60 to 80. The best chance for detecting ovarian cancer is the pelvic exam.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 34 years experience
If you are: relatively healthy, you will still benefit from screening mammography. If you have a terminal condition or multiple serious medical problems, it may not add much value. Discuss with your doctor.
Last updated Mar 27, 2017


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