There’s a new study out today in the journal Cancer. It’s all over the news (yay! breast health education!). This new study further supports current recommendations by many groups (our American College of Radiology and many others) that stress yearly mammograms starting at age 40.
As experts in women’s health with many years of research supporting our conclusions we have serious recommendations. Let’s be clear, this is what we recommend:
Get your annual mammograms starting at age 40.
Not having breast cancer run in your family does not make you exempt from risk. Less than 10-15 % of breast cancers have a family history component.
If you DO have a family history or other reason for higher than average risk, earlier start to screening mammography and/or adding additional screening with MRI or ultrasound may be indicated.
Get your annual Clinical Breast Exams.
Perform your own monthly Self Exam.
For more information on breast health, stay tuned to mammographykc.com. We are constantly updating with information on women’s health and what you can do to reduce your risk. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have so feel free to reach out to us here.
Please remember: mammography saves lives!
Originally published 9/9/13 on mammographykc.com.