Experts generally agree that women should begin having these breast X-rays, which may identify breast cancer, no later than age 50. Talk to you doctor about whether to be screened annually or every other year.
If you have risk factors (obesity, smoking and especially a family history of the disease), it’s reasonable to start in your 40s, says Marvin M. Lipman, M.D., Consumer Reports chief medical advisor. If you’re 75 or older, ask about whether continued testing makes sense. The American Cancer Society recommends continuing if you have a life expectancy of 10 years or more.
Source: Consumer Reports on Health October 2017
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