Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that if you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram.
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CDC’s Latest Research
- Has recommended preventive service use increased after elimination of cost sharing as part of the Affordable Care Act in the United States?
- Annual report to the nation on the status of cancer, 1975–2011, featuring incidence of breast cancer subtypes
- Clinical outcomes of mammography in the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
- Preventing premature deaths from breast and cervical cancer among underserved women in the United States
Our “Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know” fact sheet [PDF-527KB] lists risk factors, symptoms, and screening recommendations.
Our “Breast Cancer: Know the Risks” infographic lists things that affect your chance of getting breast cancer.