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Mammography Should Not Wait Until 50

04/22/2015 01:23 pm ET | Updated Jun 20, 2015

In response to the recent United States Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation that restates prior guidelines for all women to receive mammograms every two years beginning at age 50, we at Bright Pink want to reiterate our belief that being proactive about your health can't wait.

We continue to recommend that women begin annual mammograms starting at age 40. In fact, if you have a family history of breast cancer, you may need to start earlier, 10 years before the age at which your youngest relative was diagnosed.

Being proactive starts with understanding your level of risk. Here's where to begin:

  • Collect your family history

  • Find out your own personal risk and screening recommendations by taking the quiz at AssessYourRisk.org
  • See your doctor annually to discuss any changes to family history and to determine a proactive breast and ovarian health management plan that's right for you.
  • Breast cancer cases in U.S. are forecasted to rise as much as 50 percent by 2030, according to new National Cancer Institute projections.

    With information like this, it's more important than ever to find out your personal breast cancer risk. Take the free quiz at AssessYourRisk.org today.