Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines
Finding breast cancer early, when it is most treatable, can mean the difference between life and death. That’s why the American Cancer Society has developed guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer. Hope for a world without breast cancer starts with us … and that means knowing and following these guidelines. Finding breast cancer early can save lives.
The American Cancer Society breast cancer screening guidelines are for women at average risk for cancer (unless otherwise specified) and without any specific symptoms.
Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.
A breast exam by a doctor or nurse should be part of a periodic health exam, about every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and older.
Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change to their doctor without delay. Breast self-exam is an option for women starting in their 20s.
Certain women, because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors should be screened with MRI in addition to mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is small: it is less than 2 percent of all the women in the US.) If you think you are at higher risk for breast cancer, please talk with your doctor about your history and whether you should have an MRI. For more information on breast cancer screening, please call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345, anytime, day or night..
Watch for Signs and Symptoms
Know the Risk Factors
To learn more about breast cancer, please visit www.cancer.org/breastcancer, or call us toll free at 1-800-ACS-2345, anytime, day or night.