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"How often should I have my breasts x-rayed?"
Should this be done annually? I am over 30 right now.
An x-ray dedicated to the breasts is called a mammogram. Mammograms are used as a screening tool to help look for abnormalities in the breasts that are concerning for a possible tumor or cancer. Currently, there are new recommendations from the United States Preventative Services Task Force as to when women should start getting mammograms. As of right now, they recommend that women without a strong family history of breast cancer should start getting screened with mammograms yearly at age 50. Mammograms are of little help in women your age because breast x-rays are not that accurate at this age. The only recommendations that they have for breast cancer screening in women your age is to have yearly breast exams by a qualified healthy care professional. I suggest that you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. He or she can discuss when you should start getting this type of screening for breast cancer. If you do not have any major risk factors for breast cancer (such as multiple young family members that have had breast cancer), then you should probably start getting mammograms at age 50, or when your doctor decides you should. In the mean time, you should have yearly breast exams performed by your physician. Good luck.
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