If you're aged 75 or older, you have some options about whether or not to continue having screening mammograms. Talk to your health care provider to help decide what is right for you.
Women in this age group should talk to their health care provider about the benefits and limitations of screening mammography.
If you do decide to go ahead with screening, screening is available every two to three years.
Screening decisions in older women should be individualized based on a woman’s overall health, life expectancy and her personal preferences. Many women who are healthy will choose to continue routine screening. However, if you have serious health problems or mobility limitations that make a mammogram difficult to do, you and your health provider may decide that it’s best not to continue screening.
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:
By age 75, all women are at similar risk for developing breast cancer, regardless of their family history. Screening options are the same for all women in this age range.