When to begin screening mammography?
Talk with your doctor about your risk factors, your preferences, and the benefits and risks of screening. Together, you can decide what screening mammography schedule is best for you. Some general guidelines for when to begin screening mammography are by age 40 for women with an average risk of breast cancer. However, women with a high risk of breast cancer may benefit by beginning screening mammograms before age 40. Talk to your doctor for an individualized program.