How often should I get a mammogram?

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Women should get mammograms annually, according to the American Cancer Society says Thelma Reeves, Director of Women's Diagnostics at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center. Learn more in this video. 
Tejas V. Raiyani, MD
Internal Medicine
Annual mammogram screenings are recommended for females over 45, says Tejas Raiyani, MD. Watch this video to learn more about the importance of mammogram screenings.
How often you should get a mammogram depends on your age. Some doctors suggest that getting a mammogram every other year is sufficient until you reach the age of 50 at which time annual mammograms are recommended. In general, the “survival benefit” of screening mammograms disappears after the age of 85 although many high-functioning octogenarians continue to obtain mammograms.

Monthly breast self exams and yearly doctor’s exam are also important. A cancer found earlier is likely to be smaller, confined to the breast and hence more likely to be cured with lumpectomy followed by radiation.
 
Alice Domar
Psychology
This is not as simple a question as it once was. The old guidelines of yearly mammograms after age 40 for women at risk and from age 50 for women not at risk have been challenged in the past few years. There doesn’t seem to be a consensus at the current time amongst different medical organizations. This is one of those situations where every woman needs to sit down with her physician, review her own family history, factor in her past and current breast health and density, and proceed based on those contributing factors. For some women that might mean her first mammogram at age 50 and then every two years after that, and for others it might mean yearly mammograms starting at age 40 or 50.

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