Health Questions and Answers

Question: What are the current recommendations for screening for breast cancer?

Answer:

There are currently several sets of recommendations from the various specialty organizations whose members are engaged in breast cancer screening

RECOMMENDED FREQUENCY OF
SCREENING FOR BREAST CANCER
AGE > 50 AGE < 50
Organization Mammogram Breast Exam Mammogram Breast Exam
ACS Annual Annual Age 40-49, annual Age 20-39, every 3 yr

Age 40-49, annual

NCI Annual With every peri- odic physical Starting at age 40, every 1-2 years* With every periodic physical
ACOG As determined by woman’s doctor Age 35-50, base- line* Age 35-50, exams recommended
ACR Annual Annual Age 40-49, annual
ACP Age 50-59, on “routine” basis Not recommended
Age > 60, as determined by doctor and patient
USPSTF Age 50-69, annual Age 50-69, annual Not recommended Age 40-49, annual

* Mammography recommended more frequently for women with
high risk factors.

ACS = American Cancer Society, NCI = National Cancer
Institute, ACOG = American College of Obstetricians and

Gynecologists, ACR = American College of Radiology, ACP =
American College of Physicians, USPSTF = U.S.

Preventive Services Task Force.

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