EUGENE, Ore. – A lot of people vow to get healthier at the start of the new year, and doctors say one way to do that is to make sure you’re up to date on annual screenings.
There have been several changes in the last few years for the guidelines for getting a first mammogram.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation recommends women of average risk start getting them at age 40. They said mammograms are the most effective screening tool to fin breast cancer in most women, and insurance will start paying for an annual exam at age 40.
“If you say you need your mammogram every two years, then they’ll get it every three or four,” said Cindy Fletcher, Komen’s director of programming. “If you say get your mammogram annually they may get it every other year. If you say get your mammogram starting when they’re 45, they probably won’t get it until they’re 48 or 50.”
Fletcher said if women notice any changes or anything unusual with their breasts, they should let their doctor know.