Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines
The American Cancer Society believes regular mammograms, breast MR imaging scans (for certain women at high-risk) and reporting breast changes early can offer women the best opportunity to reduce breast cancer death rate.
A clinical breast exam (CBE) during your annual physical is recommended about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over. A woman should know how her breasts normally look and feel so she can report any breast change promptly to her health care provider.
Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Some women – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRI in addition to mammograms.
The U.S. Preventive Services (USPTF) has recommended that the biennial screening for women should be done between the ages of 50 to 74 years. The decision when to start regular, biennial screening mammography should be a result of your individual discussion with your physician.