An annual screening mammogram is recommended for all women beginning at age 40. This recommendation is supported by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI), and the breast imaging experts at The Breast Center of Maple Grove.
Should you get a mammogram earlier?
Some women may want to begin getting screening mammograms earlier than age 40—but talk with your doctor first. Early breast cancer screening may right for you if you have one or more of the following risk factors:
- A parent, sibling, or child diagnosed with breast cancer
- A personal history of breast cancer
- BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation
Do you need a mammogram if you have no family history of breast cancer?
Yes! 3 out of 4 women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease and are not considered high risk. Breast cancer screening with mammography helps to catch breast cancer early and save lives. Even if you are in great health and have no family history of breast cancer, yearly mammograms are recommended beginning at age 40.
Do you need an order from your doctor first?
No. Women aged 40 and older do not need an order from a physician to have a yearly routine screening mammogram. If you have any breast concerns including pain, nipple discharge, redness, or any other breast changes, speak with your doctor first to see what kind of imaging exam may be right for you.
Mammograms in the Minneapolis Metro Area
The Breast Center of Maple Grove makes it easy to fit a mammogram into your busy schedule. Conveniently located in the northwest Minneapolis metro area, The Breast Center of Maple Grove offers mammograms Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:00pm with extended hours on Tuesdays until 8:00pm. Walk-in patients can also be accommodated.