Breast Screening Recommendations
John Stoddard Cancer Center adheres to the recommendations for screening mammography from the American College of Radiology, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons. These professional societies continue to recommend that screening mammography begin at age 40 and continue on a yearly basis.
The goal of screening mammography is to save the most lives possible from breast cancer. In order to accomplish this goal, it is vital that women aged 40-49 are included in this screening population. Mammography starting at age 40 results in the greatest mortality reduction, the most lives saved, and the most life years gained.
Here are some facts to consider from the Society of Breast Imagers:
Talk to your healthcare provider if you have a family history of breast cancer. You may need to begin screenings earlier.