Early Detection Saves Lives: The Importance of Annual Mammograms Starting at Age 40

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May 14, 2024
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Schedule your mammogram starting at age 40.


A national health panel has recommended women ages 40 to 74 at average risk of breast cancer get screened starting at age 40. At Virginia Cancer Specialists, we understand the significance of early detection. Our dedicated team of breast specialists is committed to providing comprehensive care for both benign and cancerous conditions, with a focus on empowering individuals through knowledge and proactive screening.

“Our mission is clear: to empower patients. The endorsement of mammograms starting at age 40 underscores the importance of our efforts. These screenings serve as a critical tool in identifying breast cancer at its earliest stages, offering a pathway to potentially more successful treatment.” – Elizabeth Feldman, MD, FACS

Recently, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended that most women should begin receiving mammograms starting at age 40, previously age 50. This endorsement reinforces what we have long believed: routine screening mammograms starting at 40 are essential for maximizing the chances of detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages. Early detection allows for more conservative treatment options and better potential outcomes for patients.

“As dedicated breast specialists, our priority is to maximize the chances of early detection and long-term positive outcomes for every patient. Mammograms starting at 40 play a pivotal role in achieving this goal, providing an invaluable opportunity to detect breast cancer early and potentially save lives. We are committed to guiding individuals through their healthcare journey with compassion and expertise.” – Shruti Tiwari, MD

For our team of breast specialists, the recommendation for annual mammograms starting at 40 for women of average risk is not just a guideline; it’s a cornerstone of our approach to care. Whether you’re facing a cancer diagnosis or seeking preventive screening for peace of mind, we’re here to support you every step of the way. Of course, the recommendation is individualized for earlier ages in women with a history of an abnormal biopsy or a family history of breast cancer.

We treat both benign and cancerous breast conditions with the same level of expertise and compassion. Our goal is to ensure that every patient receives personalized care tailored to their unique needs and circumstances.

Knowing your body and being proactive about your health through preventive measures is crucial. If you’re due for your mammogram or have questions about breast health, please make sure to see your primary care provider and schedule your mammogram today. Together, we can be proactive with early detection and improved outcomes as our goals. Your health journey is our priority, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Doctor assisting patient undergoing mammogram