52 Detecting Breast Cancer A Northside Hospital radiologist explains what to expect during your mammogram BY MARKYSHA CANNON O ne out of every eight women will get breast cancer. Early detection through mammography is critical for the best possible outcomes, as mammograms are the only test shown to decrease deaths from breast cancer. Lynn Baxter, MD, director of breast imaging for Northside Radiology Associates and chair of the breast care committee of Northside Hospital, explains the importance of early detection. When should I start getting mammograms, and how often should I have them? FALL 2020 VIM & VIGOR MAIN PHOTO BY GETTY IMAGES Most women should begin having mammograms at age 40 and have them every year. Some women with a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors may be advised to start screening sooner. If a woman has a mother or sister who had breast cancer before age 50, she should start screening 10 years earlier than the age at which the relative was diagnosed. For example, a woman whose mother had cancer at age 45 should start annual screening at age 35. There is no upper age limit for having mammograms. As long as a woman is healthy, she should continue with annual screening.