Early Detection Screening Guidelines

We strongly advise women of all ages to be aware of their risk factors and to follow early detection screening guidelines:

  • Women 40 years and older should have an annual mammogram.

  • Women in their twenties and thirties should receive a clinical breast exam (CBE) every two to three years by their doctor as part of a periodic health exam. Women 40 and older should receive a CBE every year.

  • Women should know how their breasts normally feel and report any breast changes promptly to their health care providers. Women should practice monthly breast self exams beginning in their early twenties.

  • Do you have dense breasts? Ask your doctor. Your baseline radiology report will indicate whether or not you have dense breasts. Women with dense breasts are four times more likely to develop breast cancer during their lifetime.

  • Women at high risk (greater than 20% lifetime risk) should get an MRI and a digital mammogram annually.

  • Women at moderately increased risk (15 to 20% lifetime risk) should talk with their doctors about the benefits of adding an MRI to their yearly mammogram.