Regular mammograms help find breast cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most likely to be successful. A mammogram can find breast cancer years before physical symptoms develop. Results from many decades of research clearly show that women who have regular mammograms are more likely to have breast cancer found early, less likely to need aggressive treatment such as surgery to remove the entire breast (mastectomy) and chemotherapy, and more likely to be cured.
An annual screening mammogram is recommended for women beginning at age 40, according to the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI). The American Cancer Society also recommends that women have the choice to begin mammography screening at age 40. For the complete, updated ACS guidelines, click here.
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The American Cancer Society (ACS) released new guidelines for breast cancer screening, which were published in the Oct. 20, 2015 Journal of the American Medical Association. The 2015 ACS guidelines have caused confusion because the ACS is no longer specifically recommending that screening begin at age 40 for all women. The ACS strongly reaffirmed that mammography screening saves lives. The new ACS guidelines show that if a woman wants to reduce, as much as possible, her risk of dying of breast cancer, she will choose yearly mammography, starting at age 40. The ACS continues to recommend women have access to screening mammography from age 40.
Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms if they wish to do so. The risks of screening as well as the potential benefits should be considered.
Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
Women age 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or have the choice to continue yearly screening.
Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.
All women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations, and potential harms associated with breast cancer screening. They should also be familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel and report any changes to a health care provider right away.
Learn more at http://www.acr.org/About-Us/Media-Center/Press-Releases/2015-Press-Releases/20151020-ACR-SBI-Recommend-Mammography-at-Age-40