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Early Cancer Screening is Key to Survival

There is a debate on when to begin having mammograms to check for breast cancer.
At this time, some experts believe screening with mammograms should begin when a person is 40 years old and some experts believe it should begin when a person is 50 years old. The experts continue to debate the evidence, risks, and benefits for both.
Compare your own risks and beliefs to decide the best time for you to start screening with mammograms. If you are not sure, talk with your health care provider.
If you believe you are at high risk for developing breast cancer based on the risk factors, talk with your health care provider right away about when to start screening. Don't wait because of your age.