American Cancer Society Guidelines for Early Detection of Breast Cancer

Never hurts to get the facts straight from the horse’s mouth on this one! The American Cancer Society recommends these breast cancer screening guidelines for most adults.

• Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year, and continue to do so for as long as they are in good health. Need a reminder? Sign up today for your Screening Mammogram Reminder!

• Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a regular health exam by a health professional, preferably every 3 years. After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health professional every year.

Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should be told about the benefits and limitations of BSE. Women should report any breast changes to their health professional right away. Click here to download our self-breast exam instructions to print and hang on your doorknob or shower!

• As per American Cancer Society recommendations, women at high risk (those with a 20% or greater lifetime risk) should get an MRI and a mammogram every year beginning at age 30. Women at moderately increased risk (15% to 20% lifetime risk) should talk with their doctors about the benefits and limitations of adding MRI screening to their yearly mammogram. Learn more about breast MRI here.

Not sure your risk? The National Cancer Institute has a breast cancer risk assessment tool that will calculate your risk. Answer the 7 short questions here.

Don’t wait! Visit for more information and take control of your breast health.



Posted in American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Detection Guidelines, Screening Mammography

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