Q: I will be 40 years old this year? When should I begin to have mammograms?
A: This question has been debated among medical experts for years. The majority of organizations concerned with preventing, diagnosing, and treating breast cancer recommend baseline screening at age 40 and mammograms every year or every two years after that. Although breast cancer among women under age 50 is not common, early detection has clearly been shown to be beneficial in saving lives.