Mammograms

Sarah Cannon recommends an annual mammogram screening for women ages 40-74 with an average risk of developing breast cancer. Sarah Cannon also encourages women to engage their physicians regularly starting as early as age 25 about their individualized risk for breast cancer, as higher risk women may benefit from genetic counseling or early screening. Understanding a woman’s family history, personal health history and individualized risk can help ensure that she is offered the most appropriate breast health screening.

There are varying recommendations on mammogram screening guidelines. Sarah Cannon’s recommendations center around the goal of catching cancers as early as possible, when less treatment is necessary for a better outcome. We also emphasize the importance of conducting screenings using digital mammography which produces clearer images, resulting in fewer false positives and unnecessary biopsies than film mammography.

Breast Self-Exam

Healthcare professionals emphasize that there is value in conducting a regular breast self-exam in order to help identify breast cancer in its early stages. Sarah Cannon recommends that women ages 20+ conduct monthly breast self-exams.

Sarah Cannon has the following resources available to you on your breast health:

  • Learn about what to expect during and after your mammogram on our blog here
  • For more information on a proactive approach to breast cancer detection, read our breast cancer fact sheet here.  
  • Learn more about the different breast cancer diagnostic tests here.