You may be asking yourself: How often should I get a mammogram? At what age should I start? Reliable experts offer differing opinions on screening mammography, but one thing is certain: breast cancer risk should not be ignored. One out of every seven women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, and early detection is key to survival.
Please discuss your breast cancer risk with your primary care provider, who will recommend a screening plan that’s right for you. St. Luke’s Breast Care Services offers the following guidelines for the general population, set forth by the American Cancer Society:
- Regular breast self-examination beginning at age 20
- Clinical breast exam at least every three years starting at age 20 and annually after age 40
- Annual mammograms starting at age 40