The Breast Diaries

Q & A : Which Tests Are Best? When Should I Start?

October 22nd, 2012

By Stacey Vitiello, MD

If I am at high risk for breast cancer, what imaging tests should I be having each year, starting a what age?

  •    If you have a strong family history of breast cancer (mother or sister premenopausal), start having your mammogram 10 years younger than the age that relative was diagnosed, OR at age 40, whichever is younger; but not before age 25. For example, if your sister had breast cancer when she was 44, you should start having your mammogram at age 34. If your mother had breast cancer at 60, you would start having your annual mammogram
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