Women's Health

Location Information


Mammography Services

139 Garau Street
Bluffton, OH 45817
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Ottawa Medical & Diagnostic Center

1740 North Perry Street
Ottawa, OH 45875

Woman Wise Mammography

15900 Medical Drive South
Findlay, 45840
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7a.m. - 5p.m., Tuesday evening appointments

Screening Recommendations

National Mammogram Screening Guidelines Continue to Change

Mammogram screening guidelines can be confusing. Recommendations have been made from several well-known groups that offer different suggestions for what age a woman should start receiving a mammogram. A few of these organizations include:

Age Recommendation to Begin Mammograms for Woman of Average Risk:

American Cancer Society  – 45

The US Preventive Task Force – 50

American Society of Breast Surgeons – 45

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – 40

American College of Radiology – 40

The difference in screening recommendation comes from continued research into the risks and benefits of mammography screening. Some concerns that have been addressed regarding the use of screening mammography include diagnosing cancers that may not affect one’s health, risk of false positive and over diagnosis. As studies continue to advance, more will be known about these risks and the role they play in the ever-changing screening guidelines. But, what’s important for you to know is that today mammograms remain the best tool available for finding breast cancers, and therefore reducing the risk of death from this disease.

Our Recommendation for Mammogram Screening

Blanchard Valley Health System supports screening beginning at age 40. We believe this is the right time to begin screening as mammograms can detect breast abnormalities early in women in their 40s, leading to earlier treatment and better survival rates. In fact, trials of women in their 40s and 50s have demonstrated that screening mammograms decrease breast cancer deaths by 15 to 29 percent.

It’s always best to discuss your personal health situation with your physician. Your doctor can help you balance your personal breast cancer risk with the benefits, risk and limitations of screening mammograms. Together, you can decide the right time to begin screening for you!