Researchers at the National Cancer Institute estimate that about one out of every eight women born in the United States will develop breast cancer. This may be reason alone not to postpone a mammogram. But many women do.
A 2015 National Health Interview Survey found among women over 40, only half reported having a mammogram within the past year. Nearly one in three women age 55 and over aren’t getting mammograms at all.
The American Cancer Society recommends if you’re at average risk for breast cancer you should begin yearly mammograms by age 45 and then scale them back to every other year at age 55. The guidelines also state that if you prefer, you can start screenings as early as age 40.
So if you’re considering putting off your next mammogram, here are seven reasons not to do it.