There is a lot of debate about what the best age is to get your first mammogram as mammography guidelines vary based on which organization you consult. The American Cancer Society recommends that women aged 40-44 should have the option to begin annual breast screenings if they wish and they recommend that women aged 45-54 should get a mammogram every year. After women turn 55, they say it’s safe to switch to bi-annual mammograms but it is also still okay to go once a year. Up until 2015, the ACS urged women to get their first screening at age 40, but these guidelines have recently changed which is where the arguments have come from.
Charlotte Radiology, one of North Carolina’s leading radiology providers fights hard to bring awareness to the importance of early detection, advising women not to wait until after they turn 45 with an emotional video campaign. Many women wait until later in their life to start getting their mammograms because they have no family history of breast cancer.
Well, we’ve got news for you, breast cancer is a b*tch. It doesn’t care if you have a family history of the disease or if you’re only 39. This why we recommend women to always make this decision for themselves, but to err on the side of caution and to consult your physician on whether it’s time for you to start getting annual mammograms. With 1-in-8 women being diagnosed with breast cancer each year, mammograms and self-examinations are the most effective lines of defense against this sneaky cancer.
Sadly, a shocking 68% of women who are uninsured end up going without their annual screenings because they don’t think they can afford it. Here’s a link to affordable out-of-pocket mammogram costs. In fact, Susan G Komen statistics point out that only 50% of women aged 40 to 85 years had an annual mammogram at all. We’re here to change that statistic and make it 100%.
Read More: Finding an Affordable Mammogram Screening Price
Check out Charlotte Radiology’s inspiration video here: