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How often should I get a mammogram? Seems like they keep changing recommendations.

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
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In brief: Age 40

According to the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, and most others, annual screening mammography should begin at age 40.
Screening may begin sooner if you are a BRCA carrier or are otherwise at high risk.

In brief: Age 40

According to the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, and most others, annual screening mammography should begin at age 40.
Screening may begin sooner if you are a BRCA carrier or are otherwise at high risk.
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. Dan Fisher
There are many groups making recommendations. The US Preventive Service Task Force, The American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Practitioners recommend beginning screening beginning at age 50. The Canadians recommend against screening for women under age 50. Optimal frequency not known but USPSTF recommends every 2 years. Should discuss with your doc.
Dr. Anne Eglash
Family Medicine
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In brief: Recommendations vary

If you have no family history of breast cancer, current recommendation is to consider a baseline mammogram at age 40.
Some organizations recommend no mammos between 40-50, and some recommend every 1-2 years. After age 50, the recommendation by most organizations is every 1-2 years, until mid-late 70's. The biggest controversy is for the 40-50 age group. You are too young for a screening mammo.

In brief: Recommendations vary

If you have no family history of breast cancer, current recommendation is to consider a baseline mammogram at age 40.
Some organizations recommend no mammos between 40-50, and some recommend every 1-2 years. After age 50, the recommendation by most organizations is every 1-2 years, until mid-late 70's. The biggest controversy is for the 40-50 age group. You are too young for a screening mammo.
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Dr. Mark Grenitz
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Every year after 40

The current screening mammography guidelines for low-risk women are for mammography every year after age 40.
These guidelines have not changed on many years. Under certain very specific circumstances, some women may choose to have mammography less often while in their 40's and others may need tests in addition to mammography due to risk factors.

In brief: Every year after 40

The current screening mammography guidelines for low-risk women are for mammography every year after age 40.
These guidelines have not changed on many years. Under certain very specific circumstances, some women may choose to have mammography less often while in their 40's and others may need tests in addition to mammography due to risk factors.
Dr. Mark Grenitz
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Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery

In brief: Yearly after 40

The recommendation is to get 1 mammogram every year after age 40.
If you fall into a high risk category (previous atypia on biopsy, family history, personal history, brca) then you may be screened more often.

In brief: Yearly after 40

The recommendation is to get 1 mammogram every year after age 40.
If you fall into a high risk category (previous atypia on biopsy, family history, personal history, brca) then you may be screened more often.
Dr. Regina Hampton
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