Mammography: For women, Aurora recommends at age 25 that you discuss with your doctor your family history of breast cancer. Your doctor can discuss if a referral to a genetics counselor would be appropriate.
At age 30, your doctor will assess if you’re average, intermediate or high risk for breast cancer.
Women with a high risk should be referred to a breast health specialist. The specialist can discuss the best screening strategy.
Women with intermediate risk should have an annual screening mammogram starting at age 40. Discuss with your doctor when the screenings can be discontinued.
Women with average risk may check with their doctor about starting screening mammograms at age 40. We do recommend women with average risk start annual screening mammograms at age 45. Starting at age 55, the screening mammogram can be done every other year. Discuss with your doctor when the screenings can be discontinued.