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Should You Get a
Mammogram After Age 75?

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WHEN IT COMES TO
MAMMOGRAMS, better safe
than sorry has always been
the mantra-women rarely
receive advice against getting
the breast cancer screening. It
turns out, though, that annual
mammograms do not reduce
deaths for women who are
75 and older, compared with
stopping screening, according to
a study in the journal Annals of
Internal Medicine.
The study included more than
1 million women ages 70 to 84
with no previous breast cancer
and a life expectancy of at least
10 years. For those ages 70 to
74, the annual screening yielded
a modest benefit: Testing 1,000
people each year resulted in
one less death from breast cancer over about a decade. But
for those 75 and older, annual
screening did not reduce deaths.
Slightly more than half of
women 75 and older continue
getting mammograms. The
American Cancer Society advises
that mammograms should continue as long as a woman is in
good health and expected to
live at least 10 more years.

52%

More than
half of women
ages 75 and older
undergo screening
mammography
in the U.S.
Source: Annals of
Internal Medicine

ACT ON IT

Ever wonder if you're getting all the recommended cancer screenings for your age?
The American Cancer Society can tell you. Go to cancer.org and search "screening
guidelines by age."
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