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Breast Cancer

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. 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.

Are you worried about the cost? CDC offers free or low-cost mammograms and education about breast cancer. Find out if you qualify.

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Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know fact sheet

Our “Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know” fact sheet [PDF-527KB] lists risk factors, symptoms, and screening recommendations.

Breast Cancer: Know the Risks infographic

Our “Breast Cancer: Know the Risks” infographic lists things that affect your chance of getting breast cancer.

Understand your risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Use the know b r c a online tool. Learn about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and your risk for having a b r c a gene mutation.The Know:BRCA tool helps you assess your risk of having a BRCA gene mutation.

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In this podcast, Dr. Lisa Richardson discusses the importance of women being screened regularly for breast cancer.