Mammogram Question-and-Answer with Jennifer Manders, MD

Q: When should I get my first mammogram and how often do I need to be screened?

A: Most physicians adhere to The American Cancer Society (ACS) guidelines for screening for women:

  • Age 40-44 should have the opportunity to begin annual screening.

  • Age 45-54 should undergo regular annual screening.

  • Age 55+ should transition to biennial screening or have the opportunity to continue screening annually.

Q: If breast cancer runs in my family, do screening recommendations change?

A: If a patient is at high risk, a conversation with her healthcare provider can help determine what age to start. In general, imaging should begin 10 years younger than the youngest diagnosis of breast cancer in the family.

Q: Should I receive a traditional screening mammogram or different type of imaging?

A: I recommend the following: 

  • Most women should receive traditional screening mammogram

  • For women with dense breasts (as detected by a traditional mammogram), both 3D mammograms and ultrasounds can be helpful. These screenings allow for extra images and at different depths.

  • For women at high cancer risk or newly diagnosed cancer, MRIs are generally used. Overall, it’s important to consult with your physician on the right type of screening for you. The advanced imaging options may require additional pre-approval steps with insurance companies and are usually ordered by a specialist. 

The Christ Hospital offers mammograms at seven convenient locations throughout the tristate with early morning and Saturday appointments available at many locations. Call 513-585-2668 to schedule your appointment at any location. Or schedule your appointment online!

Dr. Jennifer Manders Breast Surgeon

​Recognized as a Top Doctor by Cincinnati Magazine for seven consecutive years, Dr. Manders is a board-certified general surgeon and a member of The American College of Surgeons, American Society of Breast Surgeons and Society of Surgical Oncology. Dr. Manders earned her medical degree from The Chicago Medical School and completed her general surgery residency at Rush University Medical Center and her breast surgery fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She has served as the Associate Director of Medical Student Education, Department of Surgery in the Surgical Oncology Division at the University of Cincinnati and as the Medical Director of the Oncoplastic Surgery Program at The Christ Hospital.