Confused about when you should start having mammograms? You are not alone. Here is some clarity from our Breast Imaging Specialist, Christopher Ananian, MD
The American Cancer Society recently changed its guidelines regarding mammograms, causing confusion for many women while still stating that women can choose to have mammograms beginning at age 40. In fact, the American College of Radiology, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and we at Princeton Radiology, continue to recommend annual mammograms for women at average risk starting at age 40.
This year alone in the United States, more than 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, 1 in 8 women in their lifetime. Mammograms play a crucial role in decreasing breast cancer deaths. By not issuing firm guidelines to women under the age of 45, the American Cancer Society is ignoring almost 10 percent of diagnosable cancers and putting women's lives at risk.
Your health is our top priority. We encourage you to speak with your physician about your personal and family history to create a breast imaging plan that best fits your individual needs. If you are at increased risk of breast cancer, additional screening tests such as breast MRI may be right for you.
Princeton Radiology offers the latest advances in breast imaging, including 3D mammography, screening breast ultrasound, breast MRI and risk analysis. Always remember, it's your health and it's your choice.
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