St. Petersburg, FL --While many breast cancer specialists recommend ladies get regular mammograms starting at age 40, some women may need them in their 20s!
Studies show girls who were treated with radiation for lymphoma in their teens are at higher risk for developing breast cancer later in life.
American Society of Clinical OncologyPresident Dr. Sandra M. Swain says she recommends these women get early testing.
"It's been shown that about 20 years later, about a quarter to a third of those young women will develop breast cancer. So if a woman has had that radiation in her past -- and there're probably 60,000 of those women in the country today -- they should get tested at a much earlier age... usuallyeight years after the radiation was done or at age 25," Dr. Swain said.