What are the ACS recommendations for screening mammography?

Updated: Jan 31, 2017
  • Author: Muhammad Neaman Siddique, MBBS; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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Recommendations for mammography by the ACS include the following [1, 2, 3] :

  • Women with an average risk of breast cancer should undergo regular screening mammography starting at 45 years of age.
  • Women 45-54 years of age should be screened annually.
  • Women ≥55 years should transition to biennial screening or have the opportunity to continue screening annually.
  • Women should have the opportunity to begin annual screening between the ages of 40 and 44 years.
  • Women should continue screening mammography as long as their overall health is good and they have a life expectancy ≥10 years.
  • The ACS does not recommend clinical breast examination for breast cancer screening among average-risk women at any age.

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