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Is it ever safe to stop getting mammograms?

Riddle Hospital February 4, 2014 General Wellness

Getting a mammogram is hardly the most anticipated event on a woman’s calendar every year. But is there an age when it’s okay to forego your mammogram completely?“You’re never too old to get a mammogram,” says Tina Stein, MD, radiologist at Riddle Hospital. “Women will never reach an age when mammograms become obsolete. As long as you are in good health, you should be getting a mammogram every year, starting at age 40.”

For some women, particularly those with a family history of or genetic tendency to breast cancer, yearly screenings might begin even earlier. Your doctor can help you determine whether or not you should be screened earlier. But no matter when you start, the important thing is that annual mammograms continue, even into your 70s, 80s, and 90s.

“Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women every year, and our risk for the disease increases with age,” explains Dr. Stein. “Getting a mammogram—even if you think you don’t need one—could save your life.”

Although mammograms are the most important defense against breast cancer, they’re not the only one. In between your yearly exams, you should be performing monthly breast self-exams that will help you take note of any changes or abnormalities. Read more about how to conduct a breast self-exam. In addition, limiting your alcohol use, maintaining a healthy diet, and exercising regularly will help reduce your risk.

Have you scheduled your mammogram yet this year? Call call 484.580.1800 or use our secure online mammography appointment request form to schedule yours today.