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Mammogram - What age?

Hi Ladies,

What is the age that mammograms are supposed to start . . assuming no family history?

I just had my annual (I am 36) . . . and I completely forgot to ask.



Asked by Anonymous at 1:24 PM on Mar. 14, 2011 in Health

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Answers (13)
  • Had my first at 35 with no family history just for a baseline (as suggested by my doc) and then he said once I turn 40 get them annually. Now at 41 I found a lump in the fall so I was really thankful I had that baseline from age 35 to compare to an be reassured that all was ok. I highly recommend that baseline at 35 just to have it.

    Answer by 8Tinkerboo8 at 2:36 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • 40, but always talk to your doctor about it

    Answer by CraftingMama at 1:26 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • I was always told 40.

    Answer by AllAboutKeeley at 1:26 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • i always thought that if u had no family history then ur first should be when u are 40.

    Answer by mommie_of02 at 1:26 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • I started at 40 .

    Answer by louise2 at 1:28 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • Wow I will be 40 in three months I guess its my turn then?

    Answer by Jaedamomma at 1:50 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • my doc has said 40, but I have heard 45 also.

    Answer by DSNMomma at 2:33 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • Just to add that approximately 80% of breast cancer occurs in people who have no family history (per my gyno doc)

    Answer by 8Tinkerboo8 at 2:50 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • My dr told me 40 unless you have a family history then you should start 10 yrs before the closest relative was diagnosed if they were younger then 50.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:00 PM on Mar. 14, 2011

  • My ob/gyn had me do a baseline mammo at 35. Then I started doing them annually at 40. Good thing I did, because 1 1/2 years ago as a result of my mammo they found something the size of a pistachio nut that turned out to be cancer. I got it removed, did the radiation and now I'm fine.

    Answer by robinkane at 11:32 AM on Mar. 15, 2011

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