If you’re aged 50-74, you should be having regular screening mammograms even if you think you’re not at risk for breast cancer.
Routine screening mammograms are recommended every two years for women aged 50-74 with an average risk of breast cancer.
A doctor’s referral is not required. Simply make an appointment with a mammography clinic in your area. Find a mammography clinic.
More than 80% of breast cancers occur in women age 50 and older who have no risk factors other than being an aging female. Regular screening mammograms are highly recommended and there is clear evidence that screening mammograms save lives within this age group.
The Screening Mammography Decision Aid is now available to support women in making an informed decision to screen for breast cancer using mammography. Complete this short, online form to receive your personalized report.
For women with higher than average risk:
Different screening options are available for women who have a higher than average risk or high risk of breast cancer. This includes women with a first degree relative diagnosed with breast cancer (mother, sister or daughter); a known BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation; or prior chest wall radiation. Annual screening mammograms are recommended every year for women at increased risk of breast cancer. Talk to your health care provider about the best screening options for you.