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Mammography: Know the Facts
Starting annual mammograms at age 40 saves lives.
98%
The survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer.
98%
Myth
Breast cancer doesn't run in my family so I don't need to get mammograms.
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Fact
75% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history.
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Myth
I'll never got it because my breasts are too small.
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Fact
There is no evidence that breast size is linked to risk for breast cancer.
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Myth
If you don't feel a lump, you don't need a mammogram.
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Fact
Mammograms can detect cancer several years before a lump can be felt.
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Myth
I've had a mammogram so I don't need any more.
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Fact
All women over 40 should have a yearly mammogram.
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Just the Facts
1 in 8 US women (about 12%) will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
Every 13 minutes breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women. On average one woman will die of breast cancer.
Every 2 minutes a woman in the US is diagnosed with breast cancer.
Up to 37 lives per day in the US are saved by mammograms - more than 13,000 lives per year.
Rick and Prevention
Risks for Breast Cancer
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Risk: Age

The strongest risk factor is age. As women get older, breast cancer risk increases.
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Risk: Being Female

99% of all breast cancer cases occur in women.
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Risk: Genetics

Inherited changes in certain genes increase breast cancer risk.
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Risk: Family History

Women with a close relative who has had breast cancer have a higher risk.
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Risk: Breast Density

Women with more glandular and connective tissue as compared to fat in the breast are at higher risk.
Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer

Regular Mammograms

Women 40 and over should have a mammogram once a year.
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Breast Self-Exam

All women should be aware of how to examine their breasts and report any changes to a health professional.
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Get Regular Breast Exams

In addition to mammograms, women should have regular breast exams with their health care provider.
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Maintain Weight

verweight or obese women are at a higher risk.
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Exercise

Exercise helps control weight and may lower the risk of breast cancer.
The Good News
98 Percent The survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer.
Since 1990, mammography has helped reduce breast cancer mortality in the U.S. by nearly 40 Percent
For every 1,000 women who have a screening mammogram
100 are recalled for further screening
20 are recommended for biopsy
5 are recalled for further screening