Who should get a mammogram?

The American Cancer Society recommends an annual mammogram for all women 45 and older. The ACS has updated its guidelines to say that women ages 40 to 44 have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms if they wish to do so. The risks of screening as well as the potential benefits should be weighed. At age 55 and older, women can also switch to getting mammograms every 2 years.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent government-appointed panel, modified its recommendations in 2009 to say that women ages 50 to 74 should have a mammogram every other year. The USPSTF does not recommend mammograms for women outside of that range, unless they are at high risk for breast cancer because false positive screening results could require unnecessary follow-up screenings or treatment.

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