Talk with your primary care provider to find out when screening is right for you.
Mammography is not a perfect tool, however technology continues to improve. While there are many benefits, there are also a few drawbacks of screening mammography:
It is important to remember that the benefits of screening outweigh the drawbacks. Screening should continue until you and your doctor determine the risks outweigh the benefits. This includes looking at your overall health and life expectancy, particularly after age 75.
Most cancers are found in women with no known risk factors. About 75% of breast cancers are found in women with no family history of the disease and who are not considered high risk.
Please note women at high risk for breast cancer may benefit from earlier or additional screening, such as breast MRI.
Talk with your doctor to find out when screening is right for you, whether you may be at high risk, and if you may benefit from additional testing and specialized breast care.