Mammograms: When Should I be Screened? 
 
 
 
 
 
No one wants to think about the possibility of breast cancer.  But getting accurate health information shouldn’t be confusing or scary, and preventative care can mean saving your life.  That’s why Cypress Fairbanks Women’s Imaging Center wants to provide information on the importance of regular screenings and help you understand the recommendations for breast health check-ups.

When should I begin having regular breast exams?

The current recommendations from the American Cancer Society are:

  • Women should have yearly mammograms starting at age 40.
  • Women who are high-risk should have a yearly mammogram and breast MRI starting at age 30.
  • Self-breast exams can be performed starting at age 20

“Recommendations for breast screening by the American Cancer Society are supported by many credible organizations such as the American College of Radiology and American Society of Breast Surgeons,” explains Beth Blythe, RT (R)(M), Cypress Fairbanks Women’s Imaging Center manager. “Our focus is on early and consistent screenings which leads to early detection. It is hard to argue with the fact these, along with clinical breast exams, have helped improve patient outcomes and mortality rates from breast cancer.”

How do I know if I’m considered at a high risk?
Women who are in the high risk group for developing breast cancer typically have a family history of the disease, have had the disease previously, or tested for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. Those women in this category have additional screening options available, such as the recommendation to start their screenings earlier, the option of having a breast MRI, or an ultrasound of the breast. “A breast MRI can usually give more detailed information than a mammogram, ultrasound, or clinical breast exam can provide,” says Angelic McDonald, CT/MRI manager at Cy-Fair Hospital. “For high risk women and women who have had a positive finding in the past, breast MRI should be accomplished annually in conjunction with their mammogram as part of their annual preventive screening.”

Two locations available to serve your screening needs.
Cypress Fairbanks Women’s Imaging Center is here to support you through your screening process. We offer two locations for routine mammograms to help make it easy and convenient for you to stay up-to-date on regular screenings.

Women’s Imaging Center at Barker Cypress
9110 Barker Cypress
(Barker Cypress near West Road)

Women’s Imaging Center at Cy-Fair Hospital
11307 FM 1960 West, Suite 340
(FM 1960 near Jones Road)

To learn more about preventative screenings, or to schedule an appointment, call us at 281-897-3121 or visit us online at www.CyFairWomensImaging.com.