How often should you get screened for breast cancer? Women between 40 and 44 have the option to start screening with a mammogram every year. Women 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year. Women 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every other year, or they can choose to continue yearly mammograms.
What is the gold standard for breast screening? Mammography remains the gold standard for screening for early stage breast cancer.
Why are clinical breast exams no longer recommended? The reason why none of the major guidelines recommend routine screening in this younger age group is because the evidence so far shows that the risk of harms such as false positive, additional procedures, and potential overdiagnosis outweighs the potential benefits.
What age should breast cancer screening start? The USPSTF recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 50 to 74 years. The decision to start screening mammography in women prior to age 50 years should be an individual one.