The Breast Diaries

Q&A: When and How Often Should I Visit?

October 11th, 2012

By Stacey Vitiello, MD

At what age should I start having screening mammograms, and how frequently? Why does there seem to be controversy in the media surrounding this?

  •    For most women, age 40 should be when you start having yearly mammograms in order to minimize your likelihood of developing advanced breast cancer. Some doctors send their patients for a baseline mammogram at age 35, and I wouldn’t argue with that.
       If you have a strong family history of breast cancer (mother or sister), start having your mammogram 10 years younger
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