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Guidelines for Breast Cancer Screenings at UPMC in Central Pa.

Recent research findings and changes in breast cancer screening guidelines have left many women wondering when they should receive a mammogram. Some women wonder if they need a mammogram at all.

Specialists at PinnacleHealth Breast Care Center are committed to following current screening recommendations from the American Cancer Society which state that:

  • Women ages 40 – 44 should have the choice to start screening mammograms after discussing the risks and benefits with their provider
  • Women ages 45 – 54 should get a mammogram every year
  • Women ages 55 and older should get a mammogram every two years. They should also have the choice to continue getting them every year.
  • Screening continues as long as the woman is in good health and expected to live 10 years or more

The American Cancer Society also recommends yearly mammograms and breast MRI for women who:

  • Carry a known BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation
  • Have a very strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • Have had prior radiation treatment to the chest (such as for Hodgkin's Lymphoma)

Other women who may be advised to receive breast MRI's are those who have:

  • Already had breast cancer
  • Known lobular carcinoma in-situ
  • Dense breasts which can be difficult to visualize using mammogram

Our Breast Care Center team will work with you to help you determine your risk profile and your best screening options.

For more information or to schedule a mammogram, call 717-230-3700.

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Dense Breasts Q and A

Get the Facts about Dense Breasts

Many women have heard the term "dense breasts" but few understand what this means. Nor do they understand how it increases the chance of a missed breast cancer diagnosis. Specialists at UPMC Pinnacle Breast Care Center offer the following information to help you understand this term and what it means for you.

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