Screening Guidelines

About one in eight U.S. women will develop breast cancer at some point in her lifetime. But, if it’s caught early, breast cancer can be successfully treated and often cured. Early detection, including regular screening mammograms, can save your life.

Our recommendations on breast cancer screening mammograms

We support the American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) screening mammography guidelines to help detect breast cancer as early as possible. The ACR and SBI guidelines continue to recommend:

  • Women ages 40 and older should have annual screening mammograms.
  • Screenings should continue as long as a woman is in good health.

Screening tests for breast cancer

At CHI Franciscan Health, we recommend and provide the following methods for complete breast health screening:

Screening mammograms

Our physicians use screening mammograms (X-rays of the breast) to look for breast cancer before changes in the breast are seen or felt. Although screening mammograms don't prevent breast cancer, they may help find cancer early before it spreads to other parts of the body.

Breast self-examination

We recommend monthly breast self-exams (BSEs), a woman’s examination of her own breasts for changes or problems. Regular BSEs can help you learn how your breasts feel normally, so you will recognize lumps, skin changes or nipple discharge. The American Cancer Society states that BSE is an option for women starting in their 20s.

Learn more about breast cancer, including risk factors and symptoms, in our Health Library.

Schedule your screening mammogram today

In the state of Washington, no referral is required for a screening mammogram. View our locations to find one near you and schedule your mammogram appointment.