October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a great reminder to get your screening mammogram. Don’t be tempted to put off your mammogram this year because of the coronavirus pandemic – it could put you at serious risk.
When do you need a mammogram?
The risk of breast cancer increases with age. That’s why it’s crucial for all women over 45 to get regular mammograms. VA recommends that you take the actions below, once you have reached these age milestones:
- At age 40:Talk with your doctor about the right time to begin screening;
- By age 45: Begin yearly mammograms;
- At age 55:Get mammograms every other year, or continue with annual mammography, depending on your preferences;
- At age 75+:Continue getting regular mammograms if you’re in good health
Mammograms don’t prevent breast cancer, but it can save your life by finding breast cancer as early as possible.