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How often should women get mammograms for breast cancer?

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No single test is perfect, and experts don’t all agree on when women should start to get mammograms or how often they need them. Newer versions like the digital and 3-D mammogram could be more accurate at finding cancers in some women, especially those who are young or who have dense breasts.

A woman’s best move is to talk with her doctor about how often she needs to get checked.

From: Which Cancers Take the Most Lives? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Cancer Facts & Figures 2016.”

National Cancer Institute.

American Lung Association.

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Pancreatic Cancer: Symptoms and Signs."

CDC: "Leading Causes of Death," "Lung Cancer Risk by Age," "Trends in Current Cigarette Smoking - Smoking & Tobacco Use."

Colon Cancer Alliance: "Colon Cancer Statistics."

Durand, M.  , January 2015. Radiology

Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research: "Pancreatic Cancer Facts."

Julie Brahmer, MD, associate professor, oncology; director, Thoracic Oncology Program at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Otis Brawley, MD, FACP, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society.

Pisano, Etta D.  , February 2008. Radiology

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Breast Cancer Screening," "How Did the USPSTF Arrive at This Recommendation? Prostate Cancer Screening,” “Lung Cancer: Screening.”

Lung Cancer Alliance: “Is Lung Cancer Screening Covered by Insurance?”

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: “Decision Memo for Screening for Lung Cancer with Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT).”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on November 14, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Cancer Facts & Figures 2016.”

National Cancer Institute.

American Lung Association.

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Pancreatic Cancer: Symptoms and Signs."

CDC: "Leading Causes of Death," "Lung Cancer Risk by Age," "Trends in Current Cigarette Smoking - Smoking & Tobacco Use."

Colon Cancer Alliance: "Colon Cancer Statistics."

Durand, M.  , January 2015. Radiology

Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research: "Pancreatic Cancer Facts."

Julie Brahmer, MD, associate professor, oncology; director, Thoracic Oncology Program at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Otis Brawley, MD, FACP, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society.

Pisano, Etta D.  , February 2008. Radiology

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Breast Cancer Screening," "How Did the USPSTF Arrive at This Recommendation? Prostate Cancer Screening,” “Lung Cancer: Screening.”

Lung Cancer Alliance: “Is Lung Cancer Screening Covered by Insurance?”

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: “Decision Memo for Screening for Lung Cancer with Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT).”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on November 14, 2018

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