To screen or not to screen, that is the question: Whether ‘tis wiser to avoid the anxieties And costs of screening mammography, and hope By good fortune to avoid the ravages of breast cancer Or be proactive through screening and improve one’s odds of early detection and treatment?
Annual mammogram beginning at age 40 for average risk patient
Annual mammogram beginning at age 30, but no sooner than 25, for higher
High risk (BRCA gene or 20% lifetime risk) should have annual breast MRI beginning at age 30, in addition to mammography
Breast Cancer Survival Age at Diagnosis: The 5-year relative survival rates for breast cancer increase with age at diagnosis until the age of 75. 82% for women age under 45 86% for women ages 45–54 87% for women ages 55–64 88% for women ages 65–74 84% for women ages 74 and over American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2001–2002