The American Cancer Society recommends all women have annual mammograms beginning at age 40. But new research may allow a little negotiating as a woman gets into her 50's.
The study in the National Cancer Institute suggests that if a woman has had a yearly mammogram since age 40, and appears low risk for breast cancer, she may be able to skip their mammogram every other year during her 50's.
The study finds no difference in the rate of late-stage breast cancer detection in women in their fifties who had annual mammograms versus those who had them every two years. But for younger women the annual screening is still important, because if cancer does show up that early in life, it is likely to grow faster.