What are the American College of Physicians (ACP) breast cancer screening guidelines?

Updated: Jul 27, 2020
  • Author: Andrew C Miller, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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American College of Physicians (ACP) screening guidelines recommend the following: [83]

  • Mammography every 2 years from age 50-74 years
  • For women aged 40-49 years, guidelines advocate an individualized approach in which clinicians should base decisions on the potential benefits and harms of mammography, the woman's preferences, and her breast cancer risk profile
  • Current evidence recommends against breast cancer screening with mammography in women younger than 40 years, women older than 75 years, and women with a serious medical condition who have a life expectancy of less than 10 years. However, physicians and patients should discuss the risks and benefits of mammography based on the patient’s wishes and other associated breast cancer risks.

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