Breast, Colon and Prostate Cancer Testing
When Should Screenings Start?
The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends these cancer-screening guidelines. Ask your doctor if you should begin any of these tests earlier based on your or your family’s medical history.
- Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast-cancer screening with mammograms if they wish to do so.
- Women ages 45 to 54 should get mammograms yearly.
- Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or they can continue yearly screening.
- Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live at least 10 more years.
Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and should report any breast changes to their doctors right away. Some women, because of family history, a genetic tendency or other factors, should be screened with MRIs along with mammograms. Talk with your doctor about the best screening plan for you.