Time for a Mammogram? Here Are Mammography Screening Guidelines to Discuss With Your Health Care Provider by Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP

Women's Health
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Time for a Mammogram? Here Are Mammography Screening Guidelines to Discuss With Your Health Care Provider

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, so many are naturally anxious about it. Discrepancies in mammogram screening guidelines make it difficult to understand when and how to check for breast cancer. Here’s a sensible guide to help you start a conversation with your health-care provider about what’s best for you:

  • Age 25+: All women should have a formal risk assessment for breast cancer. Women with a high risk should begin annual screenings before the age of 40 and receive additional imaging (MRI).
  • Age 40 - 44: Women of average risk should have the choice to receive annual mammograms.
  • Age 45 - 54: Women of average risk should receive annual mammograms.
  • Age 55+: Women of average risk should have mammograms every two years, and the choice to receive them annually if they prefer, until life expectancy is under 10 years.

Additionally, women should receive a clinical breast exam at yearly physicals and conduct self-exams to detect early changes in breast tissue. Remember, early detection is key to a good prognosis!

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Donna John
My mammogram is scheduled for next week. Tomorrow (October 18) is National Mammography Day, ladies. The perfect day to schedule yours.
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
I just had my annual mammogram. You just have to do it. It's a great screening tool and the technology is improving. I had my first 3-D mammogram, it was amazing. Thank you for sharing these guidelines, Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP !

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