Should I get a mammogram if I don't have risk factors for breast cancer?

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Some people who get breast cancer have no risk factors. Some people who don’t get breast cancer have all the risk factors. It’s hard to tell whether or not you’ll get breast cancer -- but a mammogram is the first step to detection. Starting at age 40, you should have a mammogram every year: Early detection means more effective treatment.
Anne Hoyt, M.D., medical director of the Santa Monica UCLA Women’s Imaging Center, points out that women without known risk factors are still susceptible and should follow the mammography screening guidelines. "Approximately 75 percent of breast cancers are diagnosed in women with no identifiable risk,” she says.

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