National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Get Recommended Screening Tests and Immunizations: Breast Cancer Screening.
Get recommended preventive services, including screening tests. Recommendations for preventive services depend on your age, sex, health status, and family history. Find out which screening tests are recommended for you!
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, elective procedures, including cancer screenings were largely put on hold to prioritize urgent needs and reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Talk with your healthcare provider about scheduling your preventive health care needs like screenings and immunizations.
Cancer Screenings and Other Preventive Services:
- Recommendations for Men
- Recommendations for Women
- Get Recommended Screening Tests and Immunizations: A Healthy Living Message
Veterans Health Library
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Items within the VHL on Breast Cancer Screening and Getting Recommended Screening Tests and Immunizations include:
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On May 9, 2017, VA adopted the American Cancer Society Guidelines.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) guidelines
- The ACS recommends that women with an average risk of breast cancer should undergo regular screening mammography starting at age 45 years.
- Women aged 45 to 54 years should be screened annually.
- Women 55 years and older should transition to biennial screening or have the opportunity to continue screening annually. Women should have the opportunity to begin annual screening between the ages of 40 and 44 years.
- Women should continue screening mammography as long as their overall health is good and they have a life expectancy of 10 years or longer.
- ACS does not recommend clinical breast examination for breast cancer screening among average-risk women at any age.