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Q: What age to stop Mammograms

My Mother is 76 lives in a assissted living,she has Degenerative Cerebellum  Disease with multi system failure. She has had a normal mammograms her whole life, is it necessary to continue with yearly mammograms.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
11/ 5/08 9:47am

It's up to your mom and you, Joni. If anything was found on her mammogram, would she go through treatment? Her risk for breast cancer actually increases every year till she's 80; so she's not at decreased risk, just from having had normal mammograms all along. But if you and she would choose not to put her through treatment, then what's the sense of identifying when/if she has cancer? She could have it for years without it becoming significant enough to matter, healthwise... So, "necessity" is something you'll need to identify together, Joni. Hope this helps - PJH

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By joni jones, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/04/12, First Published: 11/04/08