What factors should I consider before breast cancer screening?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) did not say the women in their forties should not be screened for breast cancer. They recommended that women in their 40’s, and over the age of 74, make their decision regarding screening for breast cancer on an individual basis after talking to their doctors. Women in their forties should know about family and personal history of cancer as well as other breast cancer risk factors. Women aged 75 and over should make their decisions in the context of their overall health and other risk factors such as breast density, family risk of breast cancer, and whether they currently use hormone replacement therapy.

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