As a 40+ female, should I get a mammogram? There seems to be different points of view in the media.

Mammography is a proven method for detecting breast tumors, with demonstrated reductions in mortality for women who undergo regular screening.

Every woman age 40 years and older who wants a routine screening mammogram and whose physician believes it is clinically appropriate should receive one, regardless of her insurance coverage status.

Read the report from the AMA Council on Science and Public Health about the importance of women over 40 having a mammogram.

Russell Kridel, MD