Should women have a mammogram before beginning IVF?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that women age 40 and older with an average risk for breast cancer have a mammogram every year. The ACS recommends that women at high risk for breast cancer should have a mammogram every year beginning at age 30. Women at high risk include those who have a family history of the disease, a known BRCA gene mutation or a first-degree relative with a BRCA gene mutation.

Doctors generally don’t suggest that women under 40 who are at average risk for breast cancer have mammograms before they begin IVF. That’s why I recommend that all women do a monthly breast self-exam.    

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