Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Rose Medical Center recommends that an annual mammogram screening for women ages 40-74 should be a routine care consideration. A woman’s decision to undergo screening should be made in consultation with her physician. Patients who are considered high risk should consult their physician on when to begin screening. 

Definition of High Risk for Breast Cancer

  • First degree relative with breast cancer
  • Start mammogram 10 years before that relative was diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Having two first degree relatives with breast cancer increases risk three-fold
  • Gene mutations: ATM, BRCA1, BRCA2, CDH1, CHEK2, NBN, NF1, PALB2, PTEN, STK11, TP53
  • Personal history of breast cancer
  • Dense Breast
  • Starting menstruation before age 12
  • Previous diagnosis of:
    • Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia
    • Atypical Lobular Hyperplasia
    • Lobular Carcinoma in Situ
  • Menopause after age 55
  • Radiation therapy to the chest at a young age