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What should you consider when screening for breast cancer?

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When it comes to breast cancer screening and detection, experts and advocacy groups don't agree on when women should start getting regular breast cancer screening mammograms. Without delving into the controversy, consider these facts:

  • The lifetime risk (to age 85) of a woman developing breast cancer in 1940 was 5% or one in 20; the risk is now 13.4%, or greater than one in eight.
  • Women who undergo breast cancer screening mammograms have demonstrated significantly reduced deaths from the disease.
  • The effectiveness of any breast cancer screening program will depend on how often women are screened, compliance with screening recommendations, and the quality of the screening test.

SOURCES:

The American Cancer Society.

National Cancer Institute.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 17, 2017

SOURCES:

The American Cancer Society.

National Cancer Institute.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 17, 2017

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