Always discuss with your provider first
Ultimately, if you are 40 years of age or older, you should be talking with your provider about mammograms. Do not be afraid to ask questions. If you are under 40 but have a history of breast cancer in your family, you should also talk with you provider. For women with personal or family histories of breast cancer your provider may offer you the option of starting screening early. Women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer should initiate screening earlier. When and how this screening should be done should be based on the patient’s individual situation and a discussion with the provider.