Schedule time each year with your doctor for a breast cancer screening and discuss how often a mammogram is needed.  The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that most women who are at average risk and are 50 – 74 years old get one every 2 years.  USPSTF recommendations state that women with a parent, sibling, or child with breast cancer are at a higher risk and may benefit from beginning mammograms in their 40s.  If you’re 40 years or older, talk with your doctor about when to start regular mammograms.

There are a few things you can do to reduce your risk:

  • Keep a healthy weight
  • Be physically active regularly
  • Don’t drink alcohol or limit it to no more than one drink per day

If you are concerned that you cannot afford to have a mammogram or do not have insurance, you may qualify for a free or low-cost mammogram through CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.

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