Which organizations have issued guidelines on breast cancer screening?

Updated: Feb 04, 2021
  • Author: Pavani Chalasani, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: John V Kiluk, MD, FACS  more...
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Guideline contributor: Kathy D Miller, MD Professor of Medicine and Ballve-Lantero Scholar, Indiana University School of Medicine; Co-Leader, Breast Cancer Program, Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center

Breast Cancer Screening

Guidelines on breast cancer screening have been issued by the following organizations:

  • American Cancer Society (ACS)
  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
  • European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC)

The guidelines differ in their recommendations regarding breast self-examination and clinical breast examination, use of screening mammography in women 40-49 years old, age at which to discontinue screening mammography, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) mammography. All three guidelines recommend routine screening mammography in asymptomatic, average-risk women aged 50 to 74, but differ with regard to frequency of screening.

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