When should you consider getting screened for breast cancer? The answer depends on who you ask. New breast cancer screening guidelines from the US Preventive Services Task Force, a government-convened committee of independent medical experts, say the research is clear: Women between the ages of 50 and 74 should have a mammogram at least every other year. For everyone else, it depends.

Women in their 40s ‘could’ start considering biennial mammograms, according to the task force, but doing it this young increases the risk of potential downsides that come from screening, including false positives. For women over the age of 75, the data is inconclusive. And for women with higher than average risk, like those with a past history of breast cancer or a family history of breast cancer, the new recommendations don’t really apply at all — they should factor their risk into their decision to screen and perhaps come up with an alternative and more aggressive schedule for themselves with the doctor’s help.

  • Sonia

    The short answer to the question is: never. Here’s why..

    Contrary to the official narrative (which is based on medical business-fabricated pro-mammogram “scientific” data), there is marginal, if any, reliable evidence that mammography reduces mortality from breast cancer in a significant way in any age bracket but a lot of solid evidence shows the procedure does provide more serious harm than serious benefit (read: Peter Gotzsche’s ‘Mammography Screening: Truth, Lies and Controversy’ and Rolf Hefti’s ‘The Mammogram Myth’ – see synopsis at TheMammogramMyth dot com).

    These two extensive investigations reveal to anyone that…

    IF…….. women (and men) at large were to examine the mammogram data above and beyond the information of the mammogram business cartel (eg American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, Komen), they’d also find that it is almost exclusively the big profiteers of the test (eg radiologists, oncologists, medical trade associations, breast cancer “charities” etc) who promote the mass use of the test and that most pro-mammogram “research” is conducted by people with massive vested interests tied to the mammogram industry.

    Most women are fooled by the misleading medical mantra that early detection by mammography saves lives simply because the public has been fed (“educated” or rather brainwashed) with a very one-sided biased pro-mammogram set of information circulated by the big business of mainstream medicine.

    Because of this one-sided promotion and marketing of the test by the medical business, women have been obstructed from making an “informed choice” about its benefits and risks which have been inaccurately depicted by the medical industry, favoring their business interests.