The update to a report first published 25 years ago in the British Medical Journal continues to raise important questions about the value of mammography; however, it must be considered in the context of other randomized trials that
confirm a significant reduction of breast cancer mortality in women who regularly undergo screening mammograms. This report shows, as it did previously, an improvement in survival rates for women who had their breast cancer detected via mammogram before clinical
signs of cancer had become apparent.
As screening technology continues to evolve, screening guidelines may be modified. At present, there is convincing data that women should have annual screening mammograms beginning at 40, as suggested by the American Cancer Society’s guidelines. Those with
a strong family history or a genetic predisposition may begin screening earlier after consultation with their physician.
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This October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, help us spread the word about the importance of early detection and prevention. Yearly mammograms can help identify breast cancer in its early, treatable stages and various lifestyle changes may
help reduce your risk of developing the disease.
NorthShore University HealthSystem has created a breast cancer
infographic that includes a brief history of the disease, risk factors and preventative measures. Click on the image below to view our full breast cancer infographic and find out what you can do now to reduce your risk.