Screening for Breast Cancer
- 40 to 49 years old—the decision to have a mammogram every two years is an individual one. You should make your decision after you understand the risk and benefits that apply to you. Talk to your doctor.
- 50 to 74 years old—every two years
ACS and ACOG
- 40 years and older—every year
- Are at high risk for breast cancer and cannot have an MRI scan
- Have dense breast tissue
Talk to Your Doctor
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 12/2013 -
- Update Date: 01/15/2014 -
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