When To Start Mammogram Screenings For Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is a major health worry among women. Thankfully, early detection with the help of regular screenings, the fight against this disease is still strong. But when should you start getting mammograms? Let’s take a look. 

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    When Should You Start a Mammogram?

    When you hit 25, talk to your doctor if there is a family history of breast cancer. Your doctor will assess the level of risk and may give you a referral if needed. In case there is no history, you can start mammograms at the age of 40 years to screen for breast cancer. Together, you and your provider can develop a plan based on your case. 

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    When To Start Breast Cancer Screening With High-Risk Factors?

    As a woman, it is crucial to take charge of your health and be aware of your breast cancer risk. Although it is convenient to start discussing your breast cancer risk at age 25, screening mammograms can be at the age of 40.

    Factors That Affect Your Breast Cancer Risk

    1. Your breast cancer risk is based on the factors mentioned below:
    2. BRCA1 or BRCA2 Gene Mutation: in case there is a mutation in one of these genes, your risk of developing breast cancer is significantly higher than the rest of the lot.
    3. Family History: Having a sibling, parent, or even child with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation increases your risk of developing this disease.
    4. Chest Radiation: If, at any point in your life between ages 10 and 30, you received chest radiation, your risk of breast cancer is higher.
    5. Dense Breasts: This is quite unfortunate; however, women with dense breasts have increased susceptibility.
    6. Genetic Syndromes: There are certain genetic syndromes, such as Cowden syndrome, Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba, and Li-Fraumeni syndrome that put you on the radar for breast cancer.
    7. Family History of Breast or Ovarian Cancer: Having a family history of breast or ovarian cancer increases your odds.

    What to Do If You Are at High Risk

    1. Information on Healthy Lifestyle Choices: You must learn how to reduce the chances of getting this disease through healthy lifestyle changes and management.
    2. Additional Screenings: You should suit up for additional screenings, such as MRI or ultrasound, to detect breast cancer early.
    3. Genetic Counseling: Discuss in detail about your genetic risk with a counselor and learn about genetic testing options.
    4. Preventive Treatments: You can get started with treatments like medication or surgery.

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    Closing Note

    Do not wait to take control of your breast health. Plan a meet-up with your healthcare care provider today to discuss your cancer risk and screening options like mammograms. We hope that this piece of reading provided the answers you seek. If you have more questions regarding this, get in touch with our expert, Dr. Munira Dudhbhai, MD, FACOG, certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at Lewisville Women’s Care. We always prioritize open communication, so consider us just a call away to help you with your gynecological health management. Call us at (972) 956-8008 to schedule an appointment today.

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