These guidelines are for women at average risk for breast cancer. For screening purposes, a woman is considered to be at average risk if she doesn’t have a personal history of breast cancer, a strong family history of breast cancer, or a genetic mutation known to increase risk of breast cancer (such as in a BRCA gene), and has not had chest radiation therapy before the age of 30.
- Women age 45-50 have a mammogram every year.
- Women 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every other year, or continue yearly mammograms. Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live at least 10 more years.
- Women with higher risk should get a breast MRI and mammogram every year.
American Cancer Society recommendations3