That’s the headline from a recent medical industry article published which summarizes work done by a team of physicians, along with input from the American College of Radiology (ACR).

In guidelines published January 19, 2018, women at high risk for breast cancer are recommended to start annual mammography screening before the age of 40.

Additional screening techniques may also be beneficial to this high-risk group, with imaging such as breast MRI playing a role. In the ACR guidelines, the team wrote, “Women with additional risk factors placing them at higher-than-average risk for developing breast cancer need further consideration for earlier and/or more-intensive screening. These women typically have, at [younger than] 40 years, risk equivalent to or higher than that of an average-risk woman at age 40.”

According the ACR, for women with a high risk of developing breast cancer, the recommendations are:

  • Women with genetics-based increased risk or with a calculated lifetime risk of 20% or more should undergo annual digital mammography with or without Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT or also known as 3D mammography) beginning at age 30.
  • Women with a history of chest radiation therapy before the age of 30 should undergo annual digital mammography with or without DBT starting at age 25 or eight years after radiation therapy, whichever is later.
  • Women with genetics-based increased risk, a history of chest radiation, or a calculated lifetime risk of 20% or more should also undergo annual breast MRI beginning at age 25 to 30.
  • Women with a personal history of breast cancer and dense breast tissue or those diagnosed before the age of 50 should undergo annual breast MRI surveillance.
  • Breast MRI should be considered for women with atypical ductal hyperplasia, atypical lobular hyperplasia, or lobular carcinoma in situ — especially if other risk factors are present.
  • All women, but especially black women and those of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, should be evaluated for breast cancer risk no later than the age of 30.

Diagnostic Imaging Services has always recognized and encouraged a woman’s right to choose what is appropriate for her. Always speaking with your medical provider is an excellent idea and we also know there are often health insurance considerations to review and understand.

When those insurance questions arise, we are happy to assist with clarifying any benefits or coverage under a woman’s plan. Our patient financial services division will do their best to provide an accurate, good faith estimate of any financial obligations resulting from screening and testing.

Screening mammography is performed at our Metairie – Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Marrero – Avenue C, Slidell and Covington – Highway 21 locations. Those four DIS centers also offer diagnostic mammography and breast ultrasound. Our Metairie – Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Marrero – Avenue C and Covington – Highway 21 locations also perform breast MRI.

Early detection decreases breast cancer mortality.

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