10TV: Clearing up the confusion over mammogram age guidelines
Different organizations, like the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network all recommend different ages for women to begin screening mammograpms for breast cancer. This had led to confusion among women about the right time to begin their own screenings. Recently, 10TV anchor Kristyn Hartman spoke with Deepa Halaharvi, DO, a breast surgeon with OhioHealth Breast and Cancer Surgeons, about the different guidelines and the importance of women taking charge of their health.
OhioHealth's breast cancer screening recommendations are as follows:
- Screening mammogram beginning at age 40 for all women
- An annual clinical breast exam by a doctor
- Monthly breast self exams
- Specific mammogram screening guidelines can be discussed with your OhioHealth physician
Women should talk to their doctors about the screening that is right for their individual needs. Women at high risk for breast cancer may need more frequent or earlier mammogram screening.
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