It’s generally recommended that every woman starts their breast cancer screening mammograms at age 40 and continues to get them yearly until at least age 75. But what are the reasons to start your mammograms earlier? Women at higher risk for breast cancer are encouraged to start getting mammograms closer to age 30.
Who Should Get Mammograms Before Age 40?
- Are African-American: The American College of Radiology recommends that African-American women start screening at age 30.
- Are Ashkenazi Jewish: Ashkenazi Jewish women of Eastern European descent women have a much higher risk of breast cancer. The risk of having a gene that increases the risk of breast cancer is one in 400 in the general population. In the Ashkenazi Jewish population, it increases to one in 40.
- Have a family history of breast cancer: You are at increased risk if you have a sibling, parent or child with breast cancer. The more first-degree relatives with breast cancer you have, the higher your risk.
- Have dense breasts: Dense breasts increase your breast cancer risk by 25%.
- Have had radiation exposure: If your chest has been exposed to radiation between the ages of 10 and 30, you may need to get screened early.
- Have the breast cancer gene: If you or a first-degree relative has the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, your doctor will likely recommend you get mammogram screenings earlier than 40. You can find out if you have the gene through genetic testing.
How Does Breast Cancer Affect Younger Women?
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The earlier breast cancer is detected, the quicker you can get treatment and have a better chance of recovery. Call the Member Experience Center at 855-747-7476 and let us help you schedule your 3D mammogram, or click here to schedule it yourself. No matter your situation or diagnosis, know that you’ll be supported in body, mind and spirit every step of the way.