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What are the recommendations for breast cancer screening?

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The following are American Cancer Society recommendations for breast cancer screening:

  • Breast exam by a health care provider is recommended by some expert groups every one to three years starting at age 20 and annually beginning at age 40.
  • Annual screening mammography starting at age 45; breast cancer experts don't all agree. When you need a mammogram is a personal decision between you and your doctor.
  • Women in high-risk categories should have screening mammograms every year and typically start at an earlier age. Ultrasound screening can also be given in addition to mammograms. Breast MRI may be used if a woman has a lifetime risk of breast cancer greater than 20%. Discuss the best approach with your doctor.

SOURCES:

The American Cancer Society.

National Cancer Institute.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 17, 2017

SOURCES:

The American Cancer Society.

National Cancer Institute.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 17, 2017

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