MOST EXPERTS SAY GET A MAMMOGRAM AT 40
Although the U.S. Preventive Services Task
Force advises women who have an average breast cancer risk to wait until age 50, many groups recommend starting at 40, including the National Cancer Institute and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (The American Cancer Society says women should definitely start at 45.) “One out of six breast cancers occurs in people in their 40s,” says Laurie Margolies, M.D., system chief of breast imaging at the Dubin Breast Center at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York.
The downside is that young women are more prone to false positives, which can lead to unnecessary tests. But every expert we interviewed for this story said they felt the pros of starting at 40 outweighed the cons.