The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends the following for young women with no known risk factors for breast cancer:
Because of the low incidence of breast cancer in women younger than 40, mammograms generally aren’t recommended for those of average risk.
Family history and genetics can contribute to a high lifetime risk. Other risk factors for breast cancer include, for example, a personal history of breast cancer, obesity, beginning your period at a younger age, having dense breasts, and alcohol consumption.
Some of the important factors contributing to a high lifetime risk include:
If you suspect you are at an increased risk for breast cancer, you should consult your healthcare provider and consider developing an individualized screening program.