When to go for mammograms
The age for when to begin going for mammograms is not specified. It is best to speak to a doctor regarding your own personal risks factors and your preferences so that you can both decide on creating a screening schedule that is best suited (occasionally breast ultrasounds will be recommended for younger women).
There are however some general rules or guidelines to follow for when mammograms should begin as a regular occurrence, these include:
- Women who have a moderate risk of developing breast cancer: In this case, women are recommended to start going for mammograms when they are 40 and over. They can normally go for screening once every second year, but from the age of 45, it is recommended for them to get an annual mammogram.
- Women who have a higher risk of developing breast cancer: In this case, women are recommended to begin screening before the age of 40. Risk factors include those with breast cancer in their family history or having a personal history of cancer or where precancerous lesions have been detected. This may also result in your doctor recommending an MRI as a combination procedure with regular mammograms.