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Should I get a mammogram at 18 years old, my grandmother had breast cancer, should I take action now?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
27 doctors agree

In brief: No mammogram yet.

First of all, the probability of a teenager getting breast cancer is less than one in a million, so there is no need for a mammogram(until age 40).
If your grandmother is the only member of your family with breast or ovarian cancer, chances are that you have no increased risk for breast cancer as compared to any other woman in the US. Nevertheless, you are never too young to learn self-examination.

In brief: No mammogram yet.

First of all, the probability of a teenager getting breast cancer is less than one in a million, so there is no need for a mammogram(until age 40).
If your grandmother is the only member of your family with breast or ovarian cancer, chances are that you have no increased risk for breast cancer as compared to any other woman in the US. Nevertheless, you are never too young to learn self-examination.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Satinder Aggarwal
Sometimes it may be advisable to get mammogram if there is strong family history of early breast cancer Get oncologist/geneticist opinion
Dr. Greg Pahnke
as above ask your GM her age at diagnosis we start surveillance (under the care of a doctor) FIRST before ordering tests. Our dictum --- start 10 YEARS YOUNGER THAN YOUR FIRST DEGREE RELATIVE'S AGE OF DIAGNOSIS ie if mom or sister were 38 we would start at 28 US MRI or mammogram after MD consult and examine
Dr. Raymundo Romero
Internal Medicine - Oncology
9 doctors agree

In brief: Relax

A baseline mammogram at 40 is appropriate, although in 2011 certain groups stated that it should be at 50.
Debate continues. In younger women breast ultrasound is the modality of choice if there is a concern. Remember to do a monthly self breast exam, this way you get to know your breast and can detect changes early.When we think of hereditary breast cancer the person is diagnosed prior to age 50.

In brief: Relax

A baseline mammogram at 40 is appropriate, although in 2011 certain groups stated that it should be at 50.
Debate continues. In younger women breast ultrasound is the modality of choice if there is a concern. Remember to do a monthly self breast exam, this way you get to know your breast and can detect changes early.When we think of hereditary breast cancer the person is diagnosed prior to age 50.
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Dr. Karen Vaniver
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Age for mammogram

Since your grandmother is a second degree relative (mother is first degree), your risk is not higher than the general population.
It's a good idea to start monthly breast self exam, so that you become familiar with your own breasts. Routine screening mammogram starts at age 40.

In brief: Age for mammogram

Since your grandmother is a second degree relative (mother is first degree), your risk is not higher than the general population.
It's a good idea to start monthly breast self exam, so that you become familiar with your own breasts. Routine screening mammogram starts at age 40.
Dr. Karen Vaniver
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No,

with that family history you are at average risk, and don't need to begin screening until age 40.
At your age, your risk of breast cancer is so low that the substantially higher false positive rate of either mammo or ultrasound means that screening doesn't make sense.

In brief: No,

with that family history you are at average risk, and don't need to begin screening until age 40.
At your age, your risk of breast cancer is so low that the substantially higher false positive rate of either mammo or ultrasound means that screening doesn't make sense.
Dr. Michael Gabor
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