When it comes to beating cancer, experts agree that early detection is a key factor, and regular screening is a huge part of that. However, younger women who don’t have a family history of the disease are sometimes not sure if they need to do a mammogram. So doctors often get asked questions like this one – “I’m 30: How often do I need to undergo breast cancer screenings?”
Breast Cancer Screenings
Breast cancer screening consists of amammogram, or breast x-ray, which is done to spot any signs of breast cancer. Two x-rays are usually taken, one of the side and the other of the top of the breasts. If there are any signs of abnormalities, early treatment can begin.
Is breast cancer screening recommended at age 30?
The American Cancer Society recommends that women between the ages of 45 to 54 should have a mammogram done annually. After than age, screening is recommended every 2 years. These guidelines relate to women who are not high risk, and don’t have a family history of the disease.
Screenings are not considered necessary at age 30, because medical research shows that a 30-year-old’s risk of breast cancer is low. The risks increase after the age of 45, so screenings are recommended at that time. In addition, younger women tend to have denser breasts, and this makes it more difficult to read the mammogram. In some instances this has led to false-positive results.
If you would like more information about when to begin breast cancer screenings, contact the Fountain of Youth Med Spa, Victoria, Texas. Call (361) 576-9100 today, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Nhi Le. Dr. Le will be happy to discuss the most appropriate options for you.