The American Cancer Society issued new guidelines this week for breast cancer screening. The new guidelines state:
- Women with average breast cancer risk should start having annual mammograms at age 45 and can start having them at age 40.
- Women should continue having annual mammograms until they are 54.
- After that, women can start having mammograms every other year, or may continue annual mammograms as long as they're healthy and expected to live another 10 years.
Previously, the American Cancer Society recommended that women have mammograms and clinical breast exams every year starting at age 40.
Changes in screening guidelines can often be confusing, so we talked with Therese Bartholomew Bevers, M.D., medical director of our Cancer Prevention Center. Here's what she wants women to know about the new screening guidelines.