The American Cancer Society has issued new recommendations for screening mammograms. These apply only to women who are not high risk (those without history of breast cancer, without genetic mutations associated with breast cancer, and without history of radiation to the chest):
- Ages 45-54: yearly mammogram
- Age 55 and older: mammogram every other year
- Continue screening as long as the health is good and life expectancy is over 10 years.
FYI: At this point, insurance companies, including Medicare, still pay for yearly mammograms in these age ranges if a woman still desires yearly screening.