ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – With October deemed Breast Cancer Awareness Month, local specialists say this is a good time for women to be reminded to receive that annual mammogram.

The director of the Breast Imaging Center at St. Louis University Hospital, Dr. Christina Dougherty, says women should begin annual screening mammography at the age of 40 and continue as long as they’re healthy enough to do it. But some women, she says, should begin earlier.

“And that’s if they’re high-risk,” Dougherty said. “The way that we decide that is, if you have a first-degree relative – that’s a sister, or your mother, a father – you should begin screening ten years to the date that they were diagnosed.”

Dougherty says most major medical organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American Cancer Society, all agree annual screening should begin at age 40.


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