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    When should I start breast screening?

    I've just turned 30 and am curious when I need to have my first breast screening? More and more people are being diagnosed with Breast Cancer at a young age so I'm concerned that I need to start checking this?
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    • Dr Michael Yunaev
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  • Dr Michael Yunaev

    Breast Surgeon, General Surgeon

    Hi and thanks for your question.  It is an importnant one.

    The general recommendation for breast screening in Australia is from 50 years of age, every 2 years with a mammogram (+/-ultrasound).  However, it should be noted that these recommendations are for someone at the average risk of breast cancer.  If there are any risk factors that ellevate that risk, like significant family history, previous breast conditions that raise your risk or a genetic predisposition, then a more rigorous screening may be required from 40 years of age (occasionally younger) and sometimes on a annual basis for high risk patients.  Please consult with your doctor to get a better idea of your own risk, which will help you deicde what is required in your own individual circumstances.

    Hope this helps to get you started.


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