Recommendations from healthcare groups
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
Guidelines updated Oct. 21
Women should begin undergoing screening at age 45, with annual screenings until age 54.
Women 55 and older should transition to screening every other year or have the opportunity to continue screening annually.
Women ages 40 to 44 should have the opportunity to begin annual screening.
U. S. PREVENTIVE SERVICES TASK FORCE
Draft guides, 2015
For women ages 40 to 49, “the decision to start screening mammography in women before age 50 years should be an individual one.”
For women ages 50 to 74, mammograms are recommended every two years.
For women 75 and older, “the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening mammography.”
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNECOLOGISTS
Updated July 2011
After age 40, women should have a mammogram annually.
Women ages 20 to 39 should be screened every one to three years.
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RADIOLOGY
Recommends annually starting at age 40.
Recommends annually at ages 25 to 30 for women with BRCA gene mutations or for those who have a family history of cancer.