SSM Health Medical Minute: Who should get a mammogram?

ST. LOUIS - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer. But who should get a mammogram?

Dr. Pamela Bunting, a breast surgeon at SSM Health St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, says mammograms should be scheduled annually for women 40 and over. But if you have a family history, your mammogram should be scheduled before the age of 40 and may also include an MRI.

SSM Health Breast Care advocates the guidelines endorsed by the American Cancer Society.

These guidelines include:

  • Annual screening mammography beginning at age 40 for average risk women
  • Annual clinical breast exam
  • Monthly breast self-examination

Nearly 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Early detection and advanced treatments are helping save more lives than ever before. At SSM Health Breast Care, we combine the powerful resources and expertise across seven hospitals to offer the best possible care with compassion, quality and technology from screening and diagnosis to treatment and follow-up support.

If you’re facing the challenges of breast cancer, you can take advantage of the benefits of advanced digital and 3D mammography, rapid diagnosis and the most advanced treatment options that lead to the best possible outcomes. In addition, our all-female team of Nurse Navigators is there for you every step of the way should you need additional imaging, chemotherapy or surgery.