Dr. Steve Rindsberg, a radiologist with Sharp Rees-Stealy, answers the following question.
At what age should women stop getting mammograms?
This is a controversial topic and there is no straightforward answer. Most professional societies — including the American College of Radiology, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute — recommend screening to begin at age 40 but don't specify an ending age.
These organizations advise women to continue to receive mammograms as long as they are in good health and are willing to undergo additional testing and treatment if an abnormality is detected.
However, a few organizations endorse the belief that women should not continue being screened after age 74.
The ultimate decision, I believe, should be made by each individual patient in cooperation and consultation with their primary care physician.
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To schedule a mammogram at a Sharp Rees-Stealy location, please call 858-586-6730 between 7 am and 7 pm, Monday through Friday or request a mammography appointment through mySharp. For help choosing a Sharp Rees-Stealy doctor who is right for you, call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm, or search Sharp Rees-Stealy doctors.
To learn more about mammography, visit Mammography in the Health Library. To learn more about women's health at Sharp, visit Women's Care.