Know The Facts

              • Breast cancer ranks 2nd as a cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer).
              • Steady declines in breast cancer mortality among women since 1989 have been attributed to a combination of early detection and improvements in treatment.
              • Mammography will detect most, but not all, breast cancers in women without symptoms, and the sensitivity of the test is lower for women with dense breast.
              • Digital mammography has improved sensitivity for women with dense breast.
              • The FDA recently approved the use of several ultrasound technologies that could be used in addition to standard mammography for women with dense breast tissue.
              • Annual screening using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in addition to mammography is recommended for women at high lifetime risk of breast cancer starting at age 30.

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