The American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) recommend that women start getting annual mammograms at age 40. The American Cancer Society (ACS), US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), ACR and SBI agree that this approach saves the most lives.
By not getting annual mammograms starting at age 40, you increase your chances of dying from breast cancer and the likelihood that you will experience more extensive treatment for any cancers found.
We include the guidelines below to make you aware of the options and help you make informed decisions.
Notes on USPSTF Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations:
- Published analysis shows that following these USPSTF guidelines would miss approximately a third of cancers and result in 6,500–10,000 additional breast cancer deaths each year.
- The federal government has barred Medicare and private insurance companies from basing mammography coverage on these USPSTF recommendations.
- These USPSTF recommendations have been scientifically rejected by every major medical organization with demonstrated expertise in breast cancer care.