My mother lost her battle with breast cancer and my sister was recently diagnosed. I visit my doctor annually for an exam and I schedule my mammogram 6 months from that visit. That way I'm getting checked every 6 months.
My mother had breast cancer when she was only 40 years old, and her mom had it two separate times. I had a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy after learning I had a genetic mutation and an 87% risk of getting breast cancer.