At What Age Should I Start and Stop Mammography Screenings?

Mammogram screeningMammograms are the single best tool to find breast cancer at its earliest stages — long before you or your doctor can feel a lump. Having regular 3D mammograms performed by an experienced board-certified breast imaging specialist is the best way to detect abnormalities early. But at what age should you begin having mammograms, and at what age should you stop?

When Should I Start Having Mammograms?

According to the American Cancer Society, all women should begin having annual mammograms by age 45. However, there are times when earlier screenings are necessary. Many women by age 40 are opting to have an annual or baseline mammogram. If you are genetically predisposed to breast cancer – either your mom, sister, aunt, or grandmother had breast cancer or you had BRCA genetic testing performed and are more likely to develop breast cancer, your mammography screenings may need to begin sooner. Some women in their 20s and 30s opt to begin mammogram screenings to ensure detection in early stages. Consult with your physician in order to obtain more personalized recommendations about the age at which you should begin having mammograms.

When Should I Stop Having Mammograms?

Most women over the age of 55 who have had negative results on the previous years’ mammograms can start having the screening every two years. Screenings should continue throughout the woman’s life as long as they are in good health. Consult with your physician in order to obtain more personalized recommendations about the age at which you should stop having mammograms.

Breast Cancer Health Assessment

The Radiological Society of North America has recommended that mammograms might be appropriate for some women beginning at age 30. In order to know for sure whether you are someone who should have early mammogram screening, you should discuss your family history, risk factors, and health concerns with your physician.

Whenever you decide to have a mammogram, visit PURE Mammography in the Smith Haven Mall today, no appointment necessary. You can also call 631-652-3424 or fill out the form on this page to pre-schedule an appointment or to learn more about PURE.

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