Breast Health: What you need to know

Do you know the guidelines for getting screened for breast cancer? The American Cancer Society recommendations: Ages 40 to 44: Begin mammograms if you wish; discuss screening with your provider by age 40. Ages 45 to 54: Get annual mammograms if you have average risk of breast cancer. Ages 55 and older: Get mammograms once every 2 years or seek annual exams, depending on your risk. Note: Women with a relative (parent, sibling or child) who had breast cancer may consider starting screening from ages 40 to 49. Be sure to review your medical history and any other breast cancer risk factors with your healthcare provider. If you’re in a high-risk group based on gene mutations, a strong family history or other factors, ask your provider if more screening tests might be useful. Factors that may RAISE RISK for breast cancer: • Age — the older a woman, or man, …

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