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Am I Too Young For A Mammogram?

Am I Too Young For A

Unsure if you are the right age to get a mammogram? Diagnosing breast cancer in younger women (under 40 years old) is difficult because their breast tissue tends to be denser than the breast tissue in older women. By the time a lump in a younger woman’s breast can be felt, the cancer often is advanced. Early detection of breast cancer can drastically increase your risk of survival.

WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE FOR A MAMMOGRAM?

The American Cancer Society has guidelines for when women should be more proactive about getting mammograms. If you have a family history of breast cancer, a genetic mutation known for increasing your risk for breast cancer, or had radiation therapy to the chest before the age of 30, you should be getting mammograms before the age of 40.

 

IF YOU HAVE INCREASED RISK OF BREAST CANCER

If you are under the age of 40 and you fall into one of those categories,  you should get a mammogram no matter what age you are. The American Cancer Society says if you are under the age of 40, and fall into one of the guidelines for having an above average risk of breast cancer, that you should be getting mammograms about every 1-2 years.

 

IF YOU DON’T HAVE INCREASED RISK OF BREAST CANCER

If you are still under the age of 40 and don’t have any of those risks, then you don’t technically have to get a mammogram. Most doctors will advise against you getting one, but if you want to be precautious speak with your doctor.

 

Mammograms are the best way to prevent and detect breast cancer. 90% of women whose breast cancer was diagnosed at an early stage will survive. This is why we encourage women to get mammograms on an annual basis.