Screening tests are used to find breast cancer before it causes any warning signs or symptoms. Screening tests can find breast cancer early, when the chances of survival are highest. Regular screening tests along with follow-up tests and treatment if diagnosed reduce your chance of dying from breast cancer. This section discusses standard breast cancer screening tests and breast cancer screening recommendations. Breast cancer screening tests include mammography and clinical breast exam.
By Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director. Around 40, individual women die of breast cancer each and every year. For each of these women and their loved ones breast cancer is a personal tragedy. Breast cancer is also a public health crisis and social justice issue. Despite decades of awareness campaigns, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for women in the U. The mainstream breast cancer movement tells us that if we just make sure that every woman gets a routine mammogram, we can fix this. It tells us fewer women will die if they get mammograms, and that the answer to the unacceptable inequities in survival can be addressed by expanding access to mammograms.
I used to believe that a mammogram saved my life. I even wrote that in the pages of this magazine. It was , and I had just turned 35 when my doctor sent me for an initial screening — a relatively common practice at the time — that would serve as a base line when I began annual mammograms at
More than three million women with a history of breast cancer are alive today. This year, an estimated , new cases of invasive and non-invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed and approximately 40, are expected to die from the disease. We are still unable to reliably prevent breast cancer. However, if detected early and while still confined to the breast, it is a highly curable disease.