LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The American Cancer Society recommends women age 45 to 54 with an average risk of breast cancer get a mammogram every year, and then at age 55, every other year.
Recently, the American College of Physicians disputed that recommendation and suggested women get a mammogram every other year beginning at age 50.
Despite the new guidelines, local breast cancer survivor Tuesday Martin says everyone is different and genetic history plays a role.
Martin was diagnosed with Stage 2B breast cancer at age 48. She says he mother is a two-time breast cancer survivor.
She discovered the lump in her breast through self-exam.
Martin encourages self-exams at any age.
Local OB/GYN Edward Spoon agrees with Martin. He says there's no universal rule to guide everyone. Multiple factors can play a role especially genetics.
Spoon also says it's important patients keep an open line of communication with their doctors.
The new guidelines does not apply to those who have abnormal tests results or have higher odds for breast cancer.