Don’t Get The Facts Twisted | Annual Mammograms

    When women should start getting annual mammograms, and how often they do so, has been a topic of debate over the past several years – RMI says don’t get the facts twisted!

    We solidly advocate for annual mammograms for women starting at age 40.

    In fact, we’ve recently launched a campaign (featuring pink pretzel imagery) to educate women called “Don’t Get the Facts Twisted About When to Get Your Annual Mammogram”.

    About the Annual Mammogram Debate

    The debate revolves around whether or not an annual mammogram is necessary or even desired. In 2013,U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a finding recommending biennial (every other year) screenings for women ages 50-74 based on, among other reasons, concerns of over-diagnosis of cancer from “false-positive” readings. Contenders support an annual mammogram for woman of certain age groups and other factors as the benefits of early detection far outweigh other concerns. RMI falls in the latter category.

    As cited in the American Cancer Society’s “Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer”, women age 40 to 44 may choose (in consultation with their doctor) to start annual breast screening, and those ages 45-54 should get mammograms each year. Other risk factors may change the starting age, but in all cases you should talk with your doctor about the best screening for you.

    Considering that breast cancer is the second-most common form of cancer in women, affecting nearly 1 in 8 across the U.S., screenings are critical. Breast cancer is most easily treated when caught early – when a range of options for treatment are available and before  cancer has spread to other portions of the breast(s) or the rest of the body.

    How RMI Can Help with Annual Mammograms

    Our specialized women’s radiologists are ready to work with your physician to provide the best preventive screening possible. As world-class experts in women’s care, they believe annual mammograms are necessary at age 40 and above. So, as we wrap up Women’s Health Month, have that talk about your breast health with your doctor and plan a breast health strategy based on their recommendation.