Why Do Annual Screening Mammograms Start At Age 40?


Did you ever wonder why women are advised to begin routine mammography screenings at age 40?

There are several evidence based reasons that support the recommendation of all women to begin yearly mammography screenings at age 40. 

1 out of every 6 breast cancers are detected in women aged 40 to 49.  When women reach the age of 40, their risk of developing breast cancer increases by double that of the age group of 35- 39 and continues to increase until they reach age 80. 


The Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) and the American College of Radiology have established that the detection of breast cancer in women aged 40 to 49 serves as a crucial early detection period that leads to the greatest mortality reduction, the most lives saved, and the most life years gained for these women.  


Studies reveal that years of life lost by breast cancer is highest for women who are in their 40s.  Additionally, it has been established that 40% of the lives saved from a routine mammography screening are those of women diagnosed in their 40s. 


Early detection of breast cancer is the key to saving lives. Each of our radiologists at Little Silver Mammography & HerSpace share a common goal: to put women at ease while they pursue the clinical objective of detecting and diagnosing breast cancer at its earliest, most curable stage.


We take pride in offering flexible scheduling options to accommodate each of our patients. To schedule your yearly mammography screening with us, please call our office at 732-741-9595.