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American Cancer Society
Screening for Breast Cancer


  Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer death in women.1 In 2019, an estimated 268,600 women and 2,670 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, and approximately 41,760 women and 500 men are expected to die from the disease.1 Although incidence rates have increased slightly over the past decade, death rates from breast cancer have been consistently declining over the last three decades, largely due to increased screening rates.

* Screening for Breast Cancer

Mammography screening is currently considered the most effective way of reducing breast cancer mortality and increasing the odds of survival. Mammograms, developed in the 1960s, take an x-ray of breast tissue to look for abnormalities. Technology has improved greatly, enhancing imaging and exposing tissue to less radiation. It is important for women, particularly those at higher risk for the disease, to follow recommended screening guidelines to detect breast cancer at an early stage when survival rates are highest. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends the following screening for average risk women:

    • Women ages 40-44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms. • Women age 45-54 should get mammograms every year. • Women 55+ should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening. • Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer. • All women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations, and potential harms linked to breast cancer screening. They also should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast changes to a health care provider right away.

   Some women – who are at high risk because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRIs along with mammograms every year, typically starting at age 30. 3 Women should talk with a health care provider about their risk for breast cancer and the best screening plan.

Trends in Screening Incidence

• Nearly 64 percent of women 40 years and older are up-to-date with screening.4 This means that over 1 in 3 women are not getting tested as recommended. • Disparities in screening rates for breast cancer exist among women who are uninsured, those with less than a high school diploma, and who are of Asian or Hispanic descent or an American Indian/Alaska Native. 

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