When Should You Have a Mammogram?
Women's Healthcare Associates follows the guidelines of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Cancer Society, which are in agreement. Generally speaking, that means:
- Women should know how their breasts look and feel normally and should report any changes to their healthcare provider.
- Women should have a provider's exam of their breasts every two to three years beginning at age 20; annually beginning at age 40.
- Women should have a mammogram to screen for breast cancer every one to two years beginning at age 40; annually beginning at age 50.
- Women with a family history or other risk factors for breast cancer should consult with their provider to determine the screening frequency that is right for them.
Our priority is always our patients’ health. This means we will consult with you on an individual basis and provide you with the reliable information you need to make decisions. Some women, with higher risk histories, will choose more frequent screening. Others, such as younger women with low-risk histories, may choose less frequent screening. The choice is both personal and individual. We are here to help provide the information you need to understand and decide.
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