Women's Health

Mammogram Recommendations: Who To Listen To

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' recommendation

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released their updated breast cancer screening guidelines for average-risk women in June of 2017. In this they emphasize the patient-provider relationship and patient individuality when they discuss the importance of the patient and provider making decisions about screening together. This decision should be based on the benefits and risks such as mammography decreasing breast cancer mortality, but also exposing the patient to stress, call-backs, anxiety, radiation, over diagnosis, and over treatment. ACOG recommends that starting at age 40 women be offered regular screening mammography, and that they should begin screening no later than 50 years of age. Women of average risk should be screened every 1 to 2 years. Women of average-risk should continue regular screening until at least 75 years of age.