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Cancer screenings are widely recognized as
a vital component of personal healthcare.
Catching cancer in its earliest stages greatly
improves patients’ survival rates, and screening
is often the most effective way to find cancer
before it grows and spreads to other parts of the
Women who recognize the importance
of breast cancer screenings are also likely
recognize just how conflicting advice about
screening is. For instance, the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention lists breast
cancer screening recommendations from
seven different organizations on their website.
These organizations include the U.S. Preventive
Services Task Force, the American Cancer
Society, the International Agency for Research
on Cancer, and the American Academy of
Family Physicians. Women who visit the site
expecting consensus among these respected
organizations might be surprised to learn that
no such universal agreement exists.
Breast cancer is a complicated disease, so it’s
understandable why there would be differences
of opinion within the medical community
regarding when women should and should not
be screened. But recognizing that breast cancer
screening is a complicated issue won’t help
women learn when they should be screened.
Working with a physician they trust and being
open and honest about their health and their
family history of breast cancer can help women
make the most informed decisions about when
and how often to be screened.
In the meantime, women can consider these
screening guidelines from Memorial Sloan
Kettering Cancer Center, whose cancer experts
devised the guidelines based on their extensive
experience treating breast cancer patients.



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Women at average risk.
The MSKCC defines being at average risk as
· no symptoms of breast cancer
· no history of invasive breast cancer (breast
cancer that has spread beyond the milk ducts)
· no history of ductal or lobular carcinoma in
situ (abnormal cells that are confined to the
milk duct, or lobule)
· no history of atypia (atypical hyperplasia, a
form of benign breast disease)
· no family history of breast cancer in a firstdegree relative (parent, sibling, or child)
· no suggestion or evidence of a hereditary
syndrome such as a BRCA mutation (evidence
would be multiple first- and/or second-degree
relatives with breast cancer or ovarian cancer)
· no history of mantle radiation (a radiation
therapy used to treat Hodgkin’s disease and
some other conditions)

Breast cancer screenings are important, and
women should speak with their physicians to
determine the right guidelines for them.

MSKCC recommends that women between
the ages of 25 and 40 who are at average risk
schedule an annual clinical breast examination.
Women 40 and older should have an annual
mammogram in addition to their annual
clinical breast exam. Women with dense breast
tissue may be advised to have an ultrasound as
well. All women should consider performing
monthly self breast exams beginning at age 20.
Doing so helps women become familiar with
their breasts, and that familiarity may alert them
to abnormalities down the road.
Women at above-average risk.
Women whose risk of developing breast
cancer is above-average face more complicated
screening decisions. This includes women with
a family history of breast cancer in a first-degree
relative (parent, sibling, or child); history of

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atypical hyperplasia (a form of benign breast
disease); history of lobular carcinoma in situ
(abnormal cells that are confined to the milk
duct, or lobule); history of mantle radiation
(a radiation therapy used to treat Hodgkin’s
disease and some other conditions) before
the age of 32; genetic predisposition for breast
cancer (for example, women with a BRCA
mutation). For screening guidelines specific
to each of those situations, visit the Memorial
Sloan Ketting Cancer Center online at www.

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