Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

There is much confusion today for women regarding the different recommendations for screening mammography. At Jupiter Medical Center’s Bethany Simpson Breast Center and the Niedland Breast Screening Center, we are dedicated to finding breast cancer early, offering women access to leading-edge technologies. We all know that the earlier breast cancer is detected, the better the chance for survival.

Every major American medical organization experienced in breast care recommends that women start getting annual mammograms at age 40. Because one in six breast cancers occur in women in their 40s, studies show that regular mammograms cut breast cancer deaths by approximately one third in all women 40 and over. Plus, 75 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer had no family history or factors that put them at high risk.

We follow the American Cancer Society’s screening guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer:

  • Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.
  • A clinical breast exam is recommended every one to three years for women in their 20s and 30s, and every year for women 40 and over.
  • Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care provider. We encourage breast self-exam for women starting in their 20s. To learn how to perform breast self-exam click here.
  • Some women—because of their family history, a genetic tendency or certain other factors—should be screened with MRI in addition to mammograms. To learn more about genetic risk factors, click here.

Don’t wait. Schedule your mammogram today! If you are over age 40, you do not need a prescription to have a mammogram; you may self-refer. The Affordable Care Act mandates screening mammography as a covered benefit (no copay or deductibles). Contact your insurance carrier for your plan’s benefits. We accept all major insurances and private pay rates.
To schedule a mammogram, call 561-132-8550 .