Having an annual screening mammogram is essential in the fight against breast cancer.

Jun 29, 2020


One in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.

With the exception of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women? In 2020, an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S., along with 48,530 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. More than 42,170 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2020 from breast cancer.

The good news? Early detection saves lives. Since 1990, there has been a 30% decrease in breast cancer mortality rates in the U.S., which is due in large part to the early detection of breast cancer through screening mammography. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate for localized cancers found in an early stage is 99%. A mammogram can detect breast abnormalities and lumps long before they can be felt by a self-examination.

The Society of Breast Imaging and American College of Radiology recommends the following guidelines for women to begin having annual screening mammograms: 

Women at average risk for breast cancer:

Annual mammogram beginning at age 40

Women at increased risk for breast cancer:

Women with certain BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations or who are untested but have first-degree relatives (mothers, sisters, or daughters) who are proved to have BRCA mutations:  Yearly starting by age 30 (but not before age 25)

Women with ≥20% lifetime risk for breast cancer on the basis of family history (both maternal and paternal): Yearly starting by age 30 (but not before age 25), or 10 years earlier than the age of diagnosis of the youngest affected relative, whichever is later

Women with mothers or sisters with pre-menopausal breast cancer: Yearly starting by age 30 (but not before age 25), or 10 years earlier than the age of diagnosis of the youngest affected relative, whichever is later

Women with histories of mantle radiation (usually for Hodgkin's disease) received between the ages of 10 and 30: Yearly starting 8 years after the radiation therapy, but not before age 25

Women with biopsy-proven lobular neoplasia (lobular carcinoma in situ and atypical lobular hyperplasia), atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH), ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), invasive breast cancer or ovarian cancer: Yearly from time of diagnosis, regardless of age

Schedule Your Screening Mammogram Today!

Suburban Imaging offers standard 2D screening mammography and tomo (3D) screening mammography. A referral from your healthcare provider is not needed to schedule screening mammography. 

Have questions about screening mammography or want to know how to schedule? Click here to learn more. Screening mammograms can be scheduled at SI-BlaineSI-Burnsville and The Breast Center of Suburban Imaging

Consider additional screening by having an Abbreviated Breast MRI

Abbreviated Breast MRI is ideal for women with a family history of breast cancer and/or those with dense breast tissue. A referral from your healthcare provider is needed prior to scheduling. Abbreviated Breast MRI should always be done in conjunction with screening mammography.

Have questions about Abbreviated Breast MRI or want to know how to schedule?  Click here to learn more. An Abbreviated Breast MRI can be scheduled at SI-Coon Rapids and SI-Southdale.

Why should you choose Suburban Imaging?

Suburban Imaging offers a caring and relaxed environment not often found in traditional hospital settings. Our commitment to providing safe and advanced care is second to none. 

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