Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, aside from skin cancer. One in every eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Early detection of breast cancer through the use of mammography has been proven to decrease the mortality of breast cancer by up to 40%.
The most effective means of detecting early breast cancer are via the following guidelines, endorsed by many medical organizations, including the American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging: Yearly screening mammogram beginning at age 40.
For patients with a strong family history of breast cancer, screening should begin 10 years prior to the age of diagnosis of the affected family member.