Who Should Have a Mammogram?
The American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging recommend:
- Women 40 and older should have mammograms every year
- Women who are younger than 40 and have risk factors for breast cancer should ask their health care provider whether mammograms are advisable and how often to have them
Mammograms Before Age 35
Mammograms before age 35 require a physician’s order. If you are concerned and would like a mammogram, talk with your primary care physician.
If You Notice a Breast Lump or Change
If you find a lump or something that worries you, schedule an appointment with your doctor, but don't panic — eight out of ten lumps are not cancer. Your physician can write an order to schedule your diagnostic mammogram.