Monday, October 21, 2013

Ask Us Anything: I’m 37 Years Old. Do I Need a Mammogram Yet?

"I’m 37 years old. Do I need a mammogram yet?"

Beth Nicastro, Corporate Nurse Educator, Responds:

The American Cancer Society recommends a mammogram every year beginning at age 40.

However, if there is a history of breast cancer in your family, your first baseline mammogram should be done ten years before the age that your relative was at the time of diagnosis. So if your aunt was diagnosed at age 48, your first mammogram should begin at age 38.

Digital mammography is becoming the new standard of breast care and allows your doctor to immediately review your results. Click here for a list of mammography locations at Catholic Health.

Of course, a clinical breast exam should be part of your yearly check-up. And if you notice any change in your breasts in between appointments, tell your doctor right away.

– Beth Nicastro

Beth Nicastro, PNP-BC, is a women's health community coordinator/educator. She also sees patients as a nurse practitioner at East Aurora Pediatrics.

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