How often should I have mammograms, and at what age should I start?

Patient at the mammogram system Mammograms are an excellent tool for evaluating breast tissues and looking for the early signs of breast cancer. However, many women are unsure when to start these screenings and how often to continue them. At Craig Ranch OB/GYN, our team in McKinney, TX, can answer many of these common questions for those interested in mammography.

At what age should I start having mammograms performed?

There is no one answer to this question, as the recommended age for starting mammograms may vary depending on your unique and personal health history and risk factors. However, most experts agree that women over 40 should begin having regular mammograms. You might need to start sooner if you have a family history of breast cancer or have any other risk factors that might increase your chances of developing breast cancer. Talk to Dr. Craig Ranch about what is best for you.

How often do I need to have a mammogram performed?

The frequency of your mammograms will depend on your family history and any risk factors that may make you more likely to develop breast cancer. However, most experts recommend that most women have a mammogram every year or two. If you have a family history of conditions such as breast cancer or other risk factors, you may need more frequent mammograms. Women who perform a self-evaluation for lumps in their breast and find any areas of question may also have a mammogram done before their next scheduled appointment.

What can I expect during a mammogram?

A mammogram is best described as a low-dose x-ray exam of the breasts. During the exam, each breast is compressed between two plates in order to get a clear image. The compression is often uncomfortable, but is crucial in order to get an accurate image. The exam only takes a few minutes, allowing you to return to your normal activities afterward.

Schedule your first or subsequent mammogram with our team

If you have any questions about a mammogram or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Craig Ranch OB/GYN in McKinney, TX, today at 214-544-6600! Our friendly, experienced team of medical professionals is here to help you make the best decisions for your health and wellness and walk you through the mammogram process.

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