New screening guidelines from the
American Cancer Society have left many women confused about when they should get a mammogram. The
Mary Washington Regional Cancer Center does not agree with some of the new guidelines, including the age at which
the Cancer Society says mammograms should begin.
To provide area women with clarity on this subject, our doctors reviewed
guidelines from a number of respected professional medical societies and
came to a consensus on the following screening recommendations for women
who are at average risk for breast cancer:
- Annual screening mammograms should start at age 40.
- Annual screening should continue if a woman is expected to live another
- Self-exams should be considered based on a woman’s comfort and level
- Annual exams by doctors should start at age 21, or earlier if a woman experiences
Mary Washington Regional Cancer Center, you will find a breast care team that is accredited by the
American College of Surgeons. This team consists of certified mammography technicians, radiologists,
surgeons, oncologists, radiation therapists, navigators, genetic counselors,
nutritionists, and rehabilitation experts. In addition, the
Imaging Center for Women, our preferred breast imaging center, has received the highest level of
certification from the American College of Radiology and is a Breast Imaging
Center of Excellence.
Every member of our team is dedicated to providing the latest treatment
options, emotional support, and education to their patients. At all times,
the screening and treatment decisions we make are based on our reading
of scientific literature, experience, and a sincere concern for your breast health.