Our Screening Mammography Recommendations

We follow the American College of Radiology/Society of Breast Imaging (ACR/SBI) screening recommendations. While both the American Cancer Society and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force have revised their screening mammography guidelines, their data still indicates that starting annual mammography at age 40 saves the most lives.

Average Risk Women

  • Screening mammograms starting at age 40
  • Yearly exams thereafter as long as in reasonably good health

High-Risk Women

  • Women with a strong family history of breast cancer or genetic mutation may benefit from starting screening earlier than age 40
  • Consult your physician about when to start mammography & if any additional imaging is needed such as high-risk breast MRI

Women age 75 and Older

Self Breast Awareness

  • Learn to identify possible changes in breasts
  • Continue yearly check-ups & clinical breast exams by health care providers

Resources

WHY Screen at 40 Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)

THINGS to Know about Breast imaging Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)

Deanna Dewberry addresses screening guidelines (WHEC TV Oct 18, 2019)

Mammography Saves Lives (Society of Breast Imaging/American College of Radiology website)

New guidelines from ACR and SBI call for major changes to breast cancer screening process 

The American Society of Breast Surgeons position statement

Breast Cancer Screening in Women at Higher-Than-Average Risk: Recommendations From the ACR

Screening Guidelines Comparison Sheet  (densebreast-info.org)

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