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Screening mammography has been shown to save lives by detecting breast cancer early, when it is most treatable. Research indicates that use of regular screening mammography can reduce breast cancer mortality by 20% to 40% for women over the age of 50.

Mammograms, x-ray pictures of the breast, remain the single most effective method we have to detect breast cancer early. Mammography can detect changes in the breast that may be cancer, long before physical symptoms can be detected. Mammography has an estimated ability to detect abnormalities between 76% and 94% of the time.

Respected cancer advocacy and provider groups, including the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), American College of Radiology (ACR), American Medical Association (AMA), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), have developed guidelines concerning the use of mammography. While the recommendations of these groups may vary, all have made mammography the centerpiece of a breast cancer screening strategy along with self exams and clinical breast exams performed by a doctor.

Breast Cancer advocates have worked hard to educate women about the importance of breast cancer screening and to improve women’s access to mammograms. Despite these efforts, many women still do not take advantage of this potentially life saving technology and other women fail to get screening mammograms and clinical breast exams at regular intervals. According to the Delmarva Foundation, if all women over 40 and older took advantage of regular mammography in conjunction with clinical breast exams, breast cancer death rates would drop up to 30%.

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Contact us if you or a loved one has been harmed as a result of a doctor's failure to detect breast cancer in a timely manner. We may be able to help you.

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