In the News, Tucson
Radiology Ltd. in Tucson stands firmly behind its recommendations of annual mammography starting at age 40, to ensure the maximum benefit from screening mammography. Our guidelines are in accordance with the American College of Radiology and Society for Breast Imaging. While both U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society have revised their screening mammography guidelines, their data still indicates that starting annual mammography at age 40 saves the most lives.
Radiology Ltd.’s local data from 2007-2014 shows that 14% of the cancers detected by a screening mammogram were in women ages 40-49, further supporting the start of screening mammograms at the age of 40. Additionally 40% of the life years lost to breast cancer are in women diagnosed in their 40s.
Who we are
Radiology Ltd. is one of Arizona’s largest radiology practices, serving the southern Arizona community for over 80 years.
Radiology Ltd.’s Screening Mammography Recommendations
In alliance with the American College of Radiology, Society for Breast Imaging and breast health experts, Radiology Ltd. strongly recommends women begin ANNUAL screening mammograms at age 40; women with a family history of breast cancer should consult their physician about when to start mammography and if additional imaging is needed.
Why start at age 40?
Locally, our data supports our recommendation for annual screening mammography for women ages 40+. From 2007-2014, we have conducted more than 243,000 screening mammograms. Of the breast cancers detected using screening mammography, more than 14% were found in women ages 40-49. Additionally, 40% of life-years-lost to breast cancer are in women diagnosed in their 40s.
Why go every year?
The bottom line is that early detection is the key to beating breast cancer. Additionally, annual screening results in lower recall rates than does biennial screening and finds cancer at its earliest stage - providing a more favorable prognosis.