START SCREENING

1/4 of new breast cancers are diagnosed in women under 50. Screening mammography beginning at age 40 saves lives1.

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The Importance of Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States. Early detection is key to preventing breast cancer deaths and improving treatment outcomes.

 

What is Mammography?

A simple procedure that uses X-rays to take pictures of breast tissue, mammography allows radiologists to see cancers while they are still small.

How Does Mammography Help?

Scientific evidence proves that mammography saves lives. Since 1990, screening mammography has helped to reduce breast cancer deaths by 1/32.

 

Who is Screening Mammography For?

Breast cancer screening is most effective when mammography is performed once per year beginning at age 40. These guidelines would reduce mortality by 7 percent more than screening every two years beginning at age 503.


Are There Any Risks?

Some women receive incorrect, false-positive results and additional testing is recommended: 10% are recalled for more imaging, 2% are recommended for needle biopsy and 0.5% are diagnosed with cancer.

 

Start Screening

The American College of Radiology, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the Society of Breast Imaging, the Mayo Clinic, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists all agree: women should start receiving mammograms at 40, not 50. If this applies to you, get started today:

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  1. Organizations recommending starting mammograms at age 40.
    1. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network®(NCCN®) is an alliance of 27 of the world’s leading cancer centers, working together to improve quality and effectiveness of cancer care – https://www.nccn.org/about/news/newsinfo.aspx?NewsID=231
    2. National Comprehensive Cancer Network. “For Breast Cancer, When to Screen or Not to Screen? That is the Question Plaguing the Minds of U.S. Women—and Their Clinicians.” April 2016 –https://www.nccn.org/patients/foundation/newsdetail.aspx?NewsID=672
    3. Mayo Clinic – http://www.mayoclinic.org/testsprocedures/mammogram/expert-answers/mammogram-guidelines/faq-20057759
    4. American College of Radiology (ACR) – http://www.mammographysaveslives.org/Facts/Guidelines.aspx
    5. American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – http://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Mammography-and-Other-Screening-Tests-for-Breast-Problems
  2. Tábar et al. “Swedish Two-County Trial: Impact of Mammographic Screening on Breast Cancer Mortality during 3 Decades.” Radiology. September 2011.
    http://pubs.rsna.org/doi/full/10.1148/radiol.11110469
  3. Mandelblatt et al. “Effects of Mammography Screening Under Different Screening Schedules: Model Estimates of Potential Benefits and Harms.” Annals of Internal Medicine. November 2009.
    http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf09/breastcancer/brcanart.pdf