Note: The physicians from Pennington Cancer Center at Baton Rouge General cannot provide a diagnosis or medical advice in the Ask the Expert segment because they do not have thorough knowledge of relevant personal and family medical history, and a physical examination. They can respond to general questions about cancer and its treatment.
Question - What are the current recommendations for breast cancer screening?
Because so many organizations have stated positions on issues such as screening, it is not surprising the public finds the differing recommendations confusing.
The American Cancer Society makes the following widely accepted recommendations based on the best available studies:
General screening recommendations are typically applicable to individuals at normal risk. Individuals at high risk should discuss individualized recommendations with their physicians.
The following paragraph identifies many of the multiple organizations that have offered recommendations regarding breast cancer screening. There is generally agreement that mammograms should be obtained regularly by women 50 years of age and older. There still remains some controversy over mammograms in women of average risk ages 40-49 and the frequency of regular mammograms.
American Cancer Society (ACS), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), American College of Radiology (ACR), American College of Surgeons (ACS), American Medical Association (AMA), American Medical Women's Association (AMWA), Canadian Task Force on the Periodic Health Examination (CTFPHE), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American College of Physicians (ACP), American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), National Cancer Institute (NCI), U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)