Quick facts you should know about breast cancer

October 04, 2022 / Molina Healthcare

Quick facts you should know about breast cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a great time to refresh your knowledge on breast cancer and screenings.

What is an average risk for breast cancer? The American Cancer Society (ACS) says a woman is considered to be at average risk if they:

  • Have not had a personal history of breast cancer
  • Do not have a strong family history of breast cancer with multiple people who have been diagnosed
  • Do not have a genetic mutation that increases the risk of breast cancer, like the BRCA gene
  • Have not had any chest radiation therapy before the age of 30

The ACS provides the following guidelines for women at high risk for breast cancer:

  • Women between 40 and 44 years old can get a yearly mammogram.
  • Women between 45 and 54 years of age should get yearly mammograms.
  • Women 55 years of age and older can switch to getting a mammogram every other year. Screenings should continue as long as they are in good health and are expected to live at least 10 more years.
  • All women should know what a mammogram is. They should know what to expect during the test. They should also know what the test can and cannot do. Talk to your doctor or give us a call if you have questions about a mammogram test.

Learn more about the ACS guidelines online at www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer.html.

Category: Disease / Women's Health