Linda is at Roswell Park to talk about breast cancer screening.
Breast cancer screening offers the best protection against dying from breast cancer. Routine screening with mammography reduces a woman’s risk of dying from breast cancer by 30- 50%.
Roswell Park recommends that women age 40 and older should have annual breast cancer screening with mammography along with clinical exams. Women younger than 40 should discuss their personal risk factors, and medical and family history with their physician to determine when to begin annual mammography screening.
With major risk factors, including a strong family history or a known mutation in a gene associated with breast cancer, should begin yearly screening before age 40. Because breast cancer in younger women is harder to detect with mammography, women should speak with their doctor about whether other screening tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are advised.