The ten year risk for breast cancer in a 40 year old woman is 1 in 69.
1 in 6 breast cancers occur in women aged 40-49.
40% of patient years of life saved by mammography are in women aged 40-49.
3/4 of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease and are not considered high risk.
Even for women 50+, skipping a mammogram every other year would miss up to 30% of cancers.
Mammography has helped reduce breast cancer mortality in the U.S. by nearly 1/3 since 1990.
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Doctors Cut Through the Confusion About Mammograms
These leading breast imaging physicians separate fact from fiction and explain why women, 40 and older, still need to speak with their doctor about getting an annual mammogram.
Dr. Phil Evans Mammography Saves Lives Podcast
Dr. Debra Monticciolo Mammography Saves Lives Podcast
Dr. Luz Venta Mammography Saves Lives Podcast Spanish
Start @ 40 Public Service Announcements on TV
Many women are confused about when to get a mammogram. These public service announcements, airing nationwide, help clear confusion, address misconceptions and help women find accredited mammography facilities near them.
Dr. Stacey Keen Mammography Saves Lives 30 Second PSA
Dr. Luz Venta Mammography Saves Lives 30 Second PSA Spanish
Breast Density and You
How having dense breasts can affect your mammogram and breast cancer diagnosis. Available for download only.
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